BOSTON — The Boston Bruins' health among forwards throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs had relegated Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo and Carl Soderberg to healthy scratches since the start of the postseason.
Gregory Campbell's broken right fibula in Game 3 opened a spot for one of the seldom-used forwards.
Bruins coach Claude Julien went with Daugavins, a waiver-wire pick-up March 27. In the regular season, he skated in six games for Boston and recorded one assist.
“He's a gritty player,” Julien said. “He's strong on the puck, strong as an individual, he can shoot the puck. (He's) got a lot of qualities. We've always said we've got depth on this team. We showed it when injuries crept up on defense. Now, we've got an injury up front. He's going to have to step in and do his job.”
Julien was alluding to the way his team overcame injuries to Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden on defense and beat the Rangers in the second round by plugging in rookies Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton.
If all you looked at was the 11:35 of ice time Campbell averaged this postseason, you'd think he was easy to replace. But in the Bruins' four-line attack, Campbell has been huge in the postseason with three goals, seven points and a 50.5 success rate on faceoffs. He's also a key member of the Bruins' penalty kill, which was 15 for 15 against the Penguins' power play in the series.
“He plays such a hard game,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. “He's such a big part of our team and especially you saw the last couple of rounds, he's been very big.”
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