BOSTON -- Bruins forward Gregory Campbell returned to game action for the first time since breaking his leg while blocking a slap shot during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on June 5 at TD Garden.
After surgery and a lengthy summer rehab, Campbell arrived at camp ready to play. His right leg is not completely healed but he showed no ill effects Thursday night.
“You’d like to be on the winning side of things, of course, as far as my body goes, I felt pretty good,” Campbell said. “I was far from perfect but there’s a foundation there to build on and I didn’t necessarily feel out of place. It’s been a long couple of months and I’m just grateful to be back on the ice.”
It’s obvious Campbell does not want to think or discuss what happened last June. He did appreciate the reception he received from the fans once he stepped onto the ice for the first time Thursday. But he’s focused on this season.
“It’s time to turn the page. Last season’s over and the injury is over. I have to help this team win. The most important thing for me is to be ready for the season.”
At some point, he’ll have to block a shot because that’s what he does. He admitted after the game that he’ll be thinking about the injury, but he’s ready to move past it.