Kampfer still experiencing headaches

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer is still experiencing headaches after suffering a mid concussion in a 2-1 win on March 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

The rookie scored Boston’s first goal that night, but left the game in the second period and never returned after being hit by the Lightning’s Mattias Ritola.

While the Bruins practiced Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for their game against the Canadiens Tuesday night in Montreal, Kampfer sat in the locker room in street clothes. He will not travel with the team to Montreal.

“I feel a lot better today than I did a couple of days ago,” Kampfer said. “We’ll see in the next couple of days if I can start getting on the bike and hopefully on the ice when I get a chance to get these headaches gone.

“I get the occasional headache that still bothers you. It’s frustrating, but they’ll go away for a couple of hours and come back. It’s getting better as the time goes on.”

Kampfer never touched the puck before Ritola hit him, but Kampfer doesn’t believe it was a dirty hit.

“I was square to the puck and my body was turned up the ice,” he said. “I just didn’t think he was ever going to play the puck. You watch the tape, when the stick is at your waist you’re not playing the puck. He was going for a highlight hit and I gave it to him.”

Ritola was not given a penalty on the play.

“I think it’s a penalty, but I’m also biased on the hit,” Kampfer said. “For him, it was a good hit. I just think it resulted in interference and there was no way he was going to try to play that puck. At the end of the day that’s how the game is played. I just hope to get better.”

It’s been a few years since his last concussion. During his junior year at the University of Michigan he suffered a pair of concussions in a three-month span with one occurring during a game and the other during an off-ice incident.

“The main goal now is to get healthy and start feeling better,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll get back on the ice when I get the opportunity.”

**Also missing practice Monday morning was veteran Mark Recchi, who was given a personal day. He will join the team in Montreal, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien.

**Defenseman Andrew Ference (lower-body injury) remains sidelined, but Julien said he's getting closer to returning. "He's not quite there, yet," Julien said. "He's day to day, but he's getting close."