BOSTON -- Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski entered the Bruins' 2-1 preseason loss Thursday night at TD Garden in a dead heat for the final spot on the Boston blue line as the seventh defenseman. But in the third period, Kampfer suffered what coach Claude Julien said was a knee injury. Kampfer left midway through the period and did not return.
“He suffered a knee injury. Left knee and that’s basically all we have right now for specific details,” Julien said. "He’s going to have an MRI tomorrow so we’ll find out a little bit more on his condition.”
Will the injury to Kampfer decide the race for the seventh defenseman slot?
“I don’t know if it settles it,” Julien said. “We’ll find out tomorrow how severe it is and is he going to be two months or is he only going to be a few weeks? And if he is, then it can still be a battle going on there.”
Julien said he thought both Bartkowski and Kampfer played well Thursday night.
“They’re both pretty good,” Julien said. “Actually, I thought Kampfer was having a real good night skating and moving the puck and [Bartkowski] is still there. There’s some things that I think he has to continue to work on and he’s got good size. He’s a solid skater, but every once in a while he gets caught with maybe not moving the puck quick enough and those are just little things that he has to continue to work on.
"But having said that I like both their games.”