Their line dominated the New York Rangers last season in the playoffs and on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, Gregory Campbell and the Merlot Line were at it again.
Campbell netted two goals for the Bruins to help lift them to a 6-3 win. It was the B’s first win since the Olympic break.
Campbell’s short-handed goal halfway through the third period proved to be the game-winner as his teammate Loui Eriksson waited patiently with the puck down in the Rangers’ end before finding a streaking Campbell who beat Henrik Lundqvist for the goal.
Minutes later, Daniel Paille was looking for Campbell who was crashing the net again. Paille’s pass deflected off Campbell’s skate for his second goal of the period. Soupy now has five goals on the season.
“May not have gotten credit for the goal yesterday (Saturday), but those two counted,” Campbell said. “It’s like a bank statement, still pending.”
It always seems when the Black and Gold need a pick me up it is someone from the fourth line who steps up. In New York, it was Campbell. He had two goals on three shots giving the B’s a much needed victory after dropping games to Buffalo and Washington right out of the gate in the second half of the season.
Saturday afternoon although his team lost, Campbell played extremely well with his line mates. They were one of the only productive lines against Braden Holtby and the Capitals registering three points on the afternoon.
Campbell could have been credited with another goal on the week that was awarded to Shawn Thornton, but Campbell stressed he would’ve rather gotten two points than a goal.
“I don’t really want to comment on that,” Campbell said. “The game’s what matters.”
Although he didn’t score Saturday, he was all over the ice fore-checking his way to scoring opportunities for his teammates, but the team just couldn’t capitalize Saturday against the Capitals.
Sunday night was a different story as after the first period of play, the B’s were back to playing their brand of hockey resulting in the easy victory.
Campbell explained after Saturday’s loss that he likes getting right back on the ice instead of dwelling on the loss for a few days.
It seemed like getting right back on the ice helped Campbell and the B’s against the Rangers.
Head Coach Claude Julien (who even gave credit to Campbell on Thornton’s goal) was excited for Campbell who had a great week of playing hockey.
“Nice to see him get some breaks, Julien said. “Pretty encouraging games for him.”