Kampfer back in B's lineup; Thomas expected to start

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Kampfer back in B's lineup; Thomas expected to start

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Claude Julien knew he would eventually run into this type ofissue. When Mark Stuart returned from a broken hand in January, and with his teamplaying well with youngsters Steve Kampfer and Adam McQuaid on the back end,the Bruins coach realized it wouldn't be an easy decision as to who'd be the healthy scratch for each game.

Stuart played three consecutive games in January, and hada goal, an assist, and was a plus-three. He was scratched for the nexteight games, and then got thrown back into the Bs lineup on Sunday in Detroit.

"Right now, it's turned into a bit of a competition, ifyou may," said Julien after Tuesdays morning skate. "I think lately,our back end hasn't been as consistent as it had been in the past, so weobviously made a move last game and brought Stuart back in the lineup. This isjust something that you knew eventually would happen, and we're dealing withit."

Kampfer was the healthy scratch in that game, but said afterTuesdays morning skate, that hed be back in the lineup against the MapleLeafs.

"Unless something changes by seven o'clock, I'm intonight, said Kampfer.

Kampfer was disappointed to be scratched for Sundays lossin Detroit, seeing that hes a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But heunderstands why Julien made the move.

"It was for good reason, said Kampfer. I wasn't happywith my game, as well. It's to help me out in the long run. One game's not goingto hurt, sitting out. I've got to get perspective on sitting out and watchingthat game. Hopefully we'll be able to go tonight.

"I don't think I was really slipping, I just don't think I was doingthings with a sense of urgency, as much as I was in the beginning stages. Yourealize that maybe when you sit back and you try to make the outstanding playinstead of the easy play, your game starts going that way. And I think that'swhat I was trying to do. I was trying to force things too much, instead ofplaying the simple, easy way that I was when I got up."

"He really felt he got a lot from sitting up there and watching the game,said Julien. We've said it a million times before, it never hurts, once in awhile, for a young player to get up there and see what's going on."

Also returning to the lineup is Daniel Paille, who hasfinished serving a four-game suspension for an illegal hit on Dallas RaymondSawada on Feb. 3. He said after Tuesdays morning skate that, because hesplaying on a checking line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell, he cantchange the way he plays.

Obviously Ill think about certain plays, but Im going totry and stay physical, especially playing with the line Im with now, saidPaille. Thats how I have to play. I just have to be aware of certain plays,and try not to extend the arm out maybe.

Tim Thomas was the first Bruins goaltender off the ice onTuesday, and is expected to start against Toronto.

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Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.