Campbell taken off Bruins' power play unit


Campbell taken off Bruins' power play unit

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON Bruins coach Claude Julien thought that putting Gregory Campbell on the power play in Game 5 would produce some offense on the man advantage.

The Bs went 0-for-4 in the experiment, and during Sundays practice at the TD Garden, Julien took Campbell off the power play.

Campbell is a grinder; he knows his role. So when he was asked to jump on the power play, he realized that he only had one job to do: screen Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Its a nice opportunity for me, said Campbell after Sundays practice. I dont see much of that. But I think my role was really to park myself in front of the net and to cause that havoc, disturbance whatever you want to call it in front of the net. Unfortunately, we didnt get set up in Game 5, and I think that was a challenge for us because we have very aggressive forwards.

In my career Ive played there before, added Campbell. Thats kind of my style. Im not a flashy player. Im a guy thats ready to go in front there. We have some big shots on the point, so if we can get those through, and the screen is there, its going to make it easier to get quality scoring chances.

Juliens two sets of power-play units at Sundays practice saw six forwards: David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Michael Ryder, Rich Peverley, and Mark Recchi.

Assuming that those will be the same six forwards on the power play in Game 6, it seems Campbells time on the man advantage are over.

But you cant say they didnt try.

We didn't get from Campbell what we hoped to because we never got the set that we wanted, Julien said on Sunday. And Greg is one of those guys that is willing to stand right in front of the net. He's one of those guys who is very good at tipping the puck, and that's one of the reasons we put him there.

If you look back at Michael Ryder's power play goal here, it was because of Gregory Campbell that he scored, added Julien. Luongo never saw it. He did such a great job. Our intention was to put him in that position last game, but, you know, when you don't get your set and the puck keeps going down the other end, you don't see the usefulness of his role.

So at one point we moved guys around hoping that somebody else could be the guy that could carry the puck in and have different looks. When one thing doesn't work, you go to the next. It's as simple as that."

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Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.



What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew


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