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Kampfer (knee) not feeling snake-bitten

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Kampfer (knee) not feeling snake-bitten

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
Steve Kampfer wouldnt be blamed if he started feeling like the term buzzards luck applied to him.

The 23-year-old defenseman suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the second-to-last preseason game against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden, and basically eliminated himself from the opening night roster due to injury. For a guy that missed out on the first few rounds of the playoffs after spraining his right knee last season, Kampfer was going through a few different emotions as he works his way back into the lineup.

The timetable set by the Bs was a 2-4 week recovery after last weeks injury, and thats pretty fortunate considering that Kampfer thought he felt the dreaded pop in the knee when he first collided with Jared Cowen.

I think it was more of an oh no or a not again than feeling pissed when it happened. I felt like the same thing happened as last year, said Kampfer. I feel good now knowing what it is, and Ive started rehab. Knowing its not as severe definitely helps.

Kampfer had an assist and a plus-2 in four preseason games for the Bruins, and had really turned the corner in the last couple of exhibition games after a nice little pep talk from Bs assistant general manager Don Sweeney. The motivational talk took place right before the second game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, and it appeared Kampfer had secured that seventh defenseman spot before his knee buckled after the awkward hit with Cowen.

Don Sweeney came and talked to me . . . it was actually at snack right before the game in Montreal, said Kampfer. He was like go play your game . . . move the puck and move your feet. I think that game helped me get going and I had felt great ever since. Sometimes you need that extra push, or that reassuring comment about going to play your game. It was about not trying to over-think things and going back to what you do best. Its definitely helpful when your assistant GM talks to you about things. Hes definitely taken me under his wing a little bit since Ive been here, and always given me helpful information. I listen to him. I respect Sweeney so much, so anything he says I really take it to heart.

But Kampfer is still with the Bruins after the latest rounds of cuts and the team-bonding weekend, so it appears like that hell remain with the Bs while recovering from the injury. That also means the opportunity is there for Kampfer to earn that seventh defensemen spot with the Bs outright once hes healthy again a roster spot that fellow Bs defensemen youngster Matt Bartkowski is holding after an inconsistent preseason.

Its reassuring and nice to know that they have a plan for you as a player, said Kampfer. When I get healthy and I get back then I just have to play my game.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings

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Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins ended Tuesday night’s preseason home date with another feel-good victory over the Red Wings, but it may have come at a cost.

Both Torey Krug and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson were injured in the second period of the B’s 4-2 win over the Red Wings at TD Garden, and didn’t return to the game. Krug was hit in the face with a puck in the defensive zone during the second period, and quickly exited the ice with Bruins trainer Don DelNegro after the impact of the puck hitting his face initially took his feet out from under him.  

“[Krug] clearly didn’t finish the game, and took a shot up in the facial area,” said Bruce Cassidy of Krug, who had a couple of shots on net in 9:10 of ice time while largely playing with Charlie McAvoy in an offensive-minded pairing. “We’ll probably have an update tomorrow.”

Forbacka Karlsson took a hard tumble into the end boards in the game’s middle period, and never returned after serving up the primary assist on Danton Heinen’s goal earlier in that very same period. JFK tried to return to Tuesday night’s win over the Red Wings, according to Cassidy, but was kept out of the game with an upper body injury that has his status as questionable moving forward.

“He went into the boards late in the second. He’s day-to-day, upper body. I think wanted to – he did come back and try [to return to the game],” said Cassidy of JFK, who put up an assist and a plus-1 rating in 8:37 of ice time before leaving the game. “I don’t think it’s serious, but I can’t speculate. We’ll get another update tomorrow. It didn’t look good, but I don’t think it’s as bad as it looked. We’ll know more [about JFK] tomorrow.”

It certainly sounds like both Krug and JFK could miss a day or two of practice moving forward after the injury wear-and-tear of preseason action, but the hope is that the Black and Gold won’t be missing a couple of key performers for anything more than that.  

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Talking Points: Austin Czarnik puts on a show vs. Red Wings

Talking Points: Austin Czarnik puts on a show vs. Red Wings

BOSTON -- The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Bruins' 4-2 exhibition win over the Red Wings Monday night at TD Garden:

GOLD STAR: Austin Czarnik once again showed that he can really put on a show during training camp after winning an NHL job last season based on his strong preseason. Czarnik finished with a goal and two points along with a plus-1 rating in 15:15 of ice time, created a penalty shot situation solely based on his skating speed and perfectly executed a 3-on-1 late in the third period while feeding a one-timer dish to Teddy Purcell for the insurance marker. Czarnik tied David Pastrnak with a team-high four shots on net for the night, and won 8-of-15 draws for the Bruins while manning his natural center position. Czarnik showed once again that he can play effectively when he’s motoring at a high pace and playing aggressive hockey, a couple of things he didn’t always do with the Bruins once the routine of the NHL regular season settled in last year.

BLACK EYE: Brandon Carlo didn’t have a particularly terrible night, but he did end up as the only Bruins player with a negative plus/minus. Carlo was on the ice for both goals scored by Detroit, and otherwise didn’t really factor into the game while clocking in a solid 17:48 of ice time. His only other major contribution was an interference call halfway through the first period that put the Wings on the power play. Carlo was playing without his usual partner, Zdeno Chara, of course, and one of the remaining questions about the 21-year-old D-man is exactly how good he can be as a shutdown defenseman when he doesn’t have the big captain on his left side. Clearly, it was a good night overall for the B’s, but Carlo was far from his best in his preseason debut.

TURNING POINT: Nobody would have blamed the Bruins if they were a little frustrated after outshooting the Red Wings by a 13-8 margin, and not seeing any points up on the board. Instead of getting frustrated they kept working and finally busted through with a pair of goals within 90 seconds of each other in the second frame. Ryan Fitzgerald finished off the first chance off a nice dish from Jakub Zboril, and Danton Heinen followed by banging home a backdoor dish from Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson across the ice. The two goals from two of Boston’s young forward group pushed the B’s out to a lead that they would never relinquish against Detroit.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jakub Zboril probably hasn’t received some of the fanfare of the other first-round picks in Bruins camp, but the skilled, improving D-man played an excellent first preseason game for the Black and Gold. It was Zboril’s one-man rush from his defense position that helped set up his creative dish to a wide-open Ryan Fitzgerald for Boston’s first goal, and he followed that up with 19:12 of mostly solid ice time. Zboril finished with the assist and a plus-2 rating along with a shot on net and a registered hit while also playing a special teams role on both the power play and the penalty kill. Zboril is still working on the polish to his game that will eventually make him an effective pro, but he was noticeable in a good way in his first preseason action of the season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 – the team-leading number of shot attempts for David Pastrnak in his first action of the preseason while skating with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Who is hard on the puck? Who is winning pucks? Who can keep their pace up? I think [the young forwards] are all capable of making plays, the young skilled guys. You can probably list seven or eight that have talent and could make NHL plays.” – Bruce Cassidy, on what he’s looking for out of B’s forward prospects that want to win NHL jobs.