BOSTON -- It took 22 games for Bruins forward Gregory Campbell to score his first goal of the 2013-2014 season.
In fact, his previous goal came on April 10, 2013 at New Jersey. After he suffered a broken leg in the Eastern Conference finals last spring, he was able to return in time for training camp, but once the regular season began it took him a while to get going.
He's been playing well the last few games, and he was finally rewarded for his effort during Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues.
The Bruins took an early 1-0 lead on Campbell's first goal of the season at 18:20 of the first period. Boston's energy line has been playing well of late and producing offensively. Campbell was buzzing in the first period and it seemed like only a matter of time before he notched one. His shot from the slot barely snuck in off the right post to beat St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak.
"It is nice to get on the board. It's been a long time coming," he said. "And I guess yeah, it was a relief and it came at a good time for our team. Scoring goals and contributing offensively is one thing, but it's also another thing if it's when it's needed. I think that's what's expected of our team is to have different lines, different individuals step up on different nights. And it was a good feeling to get that one out of the way."
The last thing Campbell wants to do is blame his slow start on his injury from a season ago.
"I've honestly tried to move on, and whether it's an issue or not it's just about me feeling comfortable and getting back to my game and contributing all over the ice," he said. "So again, I've never looked at it as an excuse. It was an injury that I had to deal with and I'm trying to deal with it the best I can. But I'm feeling better lately."