BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins winger Gregory Campbell joined the 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak on Wednesday afternoon, summing up his feelings on the team’s amazing comeback win in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
“There’s only been a handful of times something like that has happened,” Campbell said of their dramatic third period comeback. “It’s pretty cool to be a part of that; it just goes to show that anything can happen in the playoffs and it’s never over until it’s over.”
Despite the lackluster start to the game, and the fact they nearly blew a 3-1 series lead to Toronto, Campbell said there was a lot to learn from the hard-fought series.
“There are some positive things we can take from that, the momentum we gained from winning that series. That was the first round and we understand it’s a series of ups and downs; it really is a long journey, so to speak, to get to an opportunity to win a championship,” said Campbell. “There are going to be games like that were you fall behind and face a little adversity. When we won two years ago there were times we had to face the same thing.”
“Hopefully it’s a positive thing for us,” said Campbell. “Our goal wasn’t just to make it past the first round but to continue on and go further, and that was the first step along the way.”
Now the Bruins face off against the New York Rangers, with Game 1 at the TD Garden on Thursday night.
“I think they’re built similar to our team; they have big forwards and are a heavy team,” Campbell said of the Rangers. “Their success stems a lot from (goaltender Henrik) Lundqvist, and he’s been tremendous for them. They’re well-coached and they’re disciplined. (John Tortorella) gets the most out of his players, and they all buy in. They had a great season last year and fell short of some of their expectations – and we know how that is. Starting this year they didn’t meet the level of play they expected from their selves, but as the season went on they got progressively better and started to play their game. It’s going to be a challenge, but prepare us and make us play at the highest level and make us play our game.”
Campbell also talks about trying to beat Lundqvist, and dishes out a few inside tidbits about Jaromir Jagr.