Morning Skate 421: Campbell trying to do right

Morning Skate 421: Campbell trying to do right

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

MONTREAL Gregory Campbell admitted that hed received a text message from a friend about his dads rant on TSN Radio when approached about it after todays morning skate, but he hadnt yet heard it for himself.The Bs fourth line center has heard it all before, though. He knows the kind of exhausting scrutiny and high pressure his father Colin is under as the Vice President of Hockey Operations and sheriff when it comes to supplemental discipline in the NHL for borderline hits and dangerous play.People think its an easy job, but its something he puts so much time into and works extremely hard at it, said the younger Campbell of his fathers responsibilities within the league Doing the right thing means a lot to him, and thats how hes always approached it.The elder Campbell was appearing on TSN Radio 1050 Wednesday night to discuss the latest round of controversies with TSN host James Cybulski, and it quickly turned into a Colin Campbell rant directed at the second guessers and press box hecklers. The latest wave of criticism arrived on Campbells doorstep when he opted not to suspend CanucksruffianRaffi Torres for a punishing hit behind the net on Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook a shot toward the head that some felt was a hard, playoff hockey play.Others felt was an obvious shot to Seabrooks head.Not too difficult to discern which side Campbell is on after deeming there was no need for supplemental discipline."Thankless job? Yeah, it's thankless," said the elder Campbell. "Especially at this time of year when there's so much at play here with the playoffs and cities are involved. When you rule on certain situations, all of a sudden you become public enemy No. 1 so ... Am I pissed off right now? Yeah, I'm pissed off.""I don't make up this stuff as I go along. We do lots of work on this. We send out lots of videos. You think I want to do the popular thing here? I don't get paid to do the popular thing. I don't get paid to do the easy thing to do.Campbell slammed the radio hosts pretty hard when he presented them with the David Steckel hit on Sidney Crosby during the Winter Classic a hit that resulted in a concussion thats kept Crosby out for the rest of the season and playoffs. Campbell asked both radio hosts if they felt the hit was dirty, and then lambasted them when they termed Steckels hit as borderline. "You guys are crazy when you say that," Campbell said. "What do you want to do to the game? You're nuts. There are some hits out there that we don't like, but ... Come on, you guys. You can't say that was dirty, you guys. ... You can't say that hit was dirty or you guys don't watch hockey."I've got a responsibility to try and protect players from other players in the game of hockey but yet keep the physicality in the game. To keep jobs like your jobseveryone's jobs. The game supplies a lot of jobs. That's what's thankless about this job. You try to do the right thing, you try to keep physicality in the game. You guys think that I enjoy hearing everybody saying Torres should have been suspended? Well, that would have been the easy thing to do. If they want to go forward and say that type of hit or all head hits should be suspended, maybe this job will be easier. But I don't think so.Say what you want about Campbell in individual cases, but the guy clearly feels passionately about his job and doing the right thing to protect players and the game of hockey at the same.Perfect hes not, but he seems to be trying.On to the links:A great story by ESPN.coms Wayne Drehs on game-winning puck from last years Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory, and the complete mystery of its whereabouts one year later. Has anybody called Doug Mientkiewicz?TSNs Darren Dreger says former Bruins player Craig MacTavish is looking for an NHL coaching job after sitting out the last two seasons following his dismissal from the Edmonton Oilers.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dave Lozo talks with New York Rangers sniper Marian Gaborik after he severely screwed the pooch in overtime on Wednesday night.Tom Glavine is interested in putting an ownership group together to keep the Atlanta Thrashers in Georgia. Hed better hurry up before they end up in Winnipeg or Quebec City. Heres a good look by the Hockey News at the hockey connection the Billerica native has after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings way back in 1984.Chicago goon John Scott certainly has a lot to say for a hockey player that doesnt actuallyyou knowplay all that often. This time hes chirping with Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.An interesting look at the players potentially available via restricted free agency this summer, and sparking plenty of chatter about offer sheets according to Spector.Heres the actual audio of Colin Campbell going a little mad during a hockey discussion with TSN 1050.Brian Gionta has earned his captaincy with the Montreal Canadiens, and is playing like the leader hes already been at Boston College and in New Jersey.The Ottawa Senators are in no rush to hire a head coach according to the Ottawa Citizen, which is probably a good thing since nobody is in a rush to go there with such a long rebuild road ahead of them.A really nice look at the Sedin Twins by the Wall Street Journal, and bonus points for doing the wholeWonder Twins activate thing when it comes to the Vancouver superstars.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.