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Julien, Campbell talk ‘blue-collar’ Bruins

Jun 18, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

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It may be cliché by now — talking about the Boston Bruins and the “blue-collar” work ethic that’s been so successful for them — but there’s no doubt it remains a huge part of their identity.

“We take pride in being a blue-collar team,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien on Tuesday, the day after his team took a 2-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

“We don’t care about calling certain guys superstars on our team. We all want to be on the same level.”

Julien was actually responding to a question about Bruins forward Gregory Campbell, who famously broke his leg blocking a shot, and kept playing, in the Eastern Conference finals versus Pittsburgh.

Campbell, on crutches, spoke to the media today as well.

“I’m not going to put myself in front of anybody else and say I’m the picture of the Bruins,” he said when asked by a reporter about becoming “the symbol” of the team.

“This Original Six organization, goes back a long way. It kind of represents the city, a blue-collar, hard-working city with honest people.”

Campbell, in similarly humble fashion, also put the play that ended his season into proper perspective (something that was perhaps lost by some observers), explaining that “your adrenaline’s going pretty good at that point. You’re stuck on the ice with a couple of the best players in the world. You really don’t have much time to think about anything else but trying to help out and kill a penalty.”

He added: “There’s a lot of tough guys in this league. A lot of players are willing to do whatever they can to win. At this point you see that more often, guys doing whatever they can to win. I’m no different than anyone else on these two teams in the playoffs. I was just trying to finish the play and do my job.”

Game 4 of the Cup final goes Wednesday at TD Garden, where the B’s have won seven straight in the playoffs.

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  1. upyourstodd - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Greg Campbell gets it. I think I wouldn’t mind buying Mr. Campbell a beer. Sounds like he would be a good drinking buddy.

    • odj810 - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      you can say that about alot of the people on that team.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    The Navy Rangers jacket they hand out after the game sums it up. A group of men going above and beyond for those around them for a common goal.

    • BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Army Rangers, not Navy.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Good eye.

  3. hockeykrishna - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Isn’t this the way that sports are supposed to be played? This team really is a team.

    Now can anyone name a Pro Basketball team that hits even the 50% mark on this scale? Nah, didn’t think so……….

  4. dropthepuckeh - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Maybe Hossa should watch some video of guys playing hurt and learn how to man up at the most important time of the season. At the very least pull yourself out of the game in time for someone else to get prepared. It pretty much sums up the difference in terms of super stars vs. guys who get it and give their all.

    • grilledjesus - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      You don’t know what’s wrong with Hossa, no one ever knows what’s wrong with these guys. Gotta believe it is something that doesn’t just hurt Hossa, but hurts his team.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        According to Tony Amonte, former captain of the Hawks, Hossa is not well regarded in the league in terms of his ability to suck it up and play through the pain. Amonte is not the first person to mention that nugget either. That is the basis of my comment, obviously I have no first hand knowledge of his injury.

      • spitfisher - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        True, you’ll find out after the series how banged up some are & who is playing thru it and how some will have operations and therapy for injuries they are playing thru. Both teams!

        And yet in the reg season there are some that won’t play because of a runny nose and hang nail.

      • grilledjesus - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        According to Tony Amonte? The guy that’s hammered on TV after every home game(and some before) and hasn’t played in Chicago since 01-02?
        Feel free to check out Hossas stats, in particular games played, and then tell me he can’t “suck it up”.

        So forgive me if any phrase that starts with “According to Tony Amonte” is dismissed as what it is, pure bullcrap from a wet brain.

    • savoirlaire - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      I’m a Bruins fan and that’s a clown comment…you have no idea what is going on with Hossa, to accuse him off not manning up with no knowledge of his situation is way off base. This article is about Campbell manning up…

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Maybe you have no idea. Congrats on being a Bruins fan.

  5. homelanddefense - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    He can use the adrenaline line all he wants…..what he did was ridiculous. Hockey players are a different breed. 99% of humans would have been curled up in the fetal position if they suffered that injury.

  6. matt14gg - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    You watch Nathan Horton play the last two games and you can see he’s really not all that effective because of his shoulder injury and you realize he shouldn’t be out there, but he’s a good teammate and wants to help even if he’s just filling out a slot in the lineup and keeping other lines intact. He’s another guy that “gets it”, on a team full of them.

    Also I love how Campbell pointed out guys on both teams because he understands that toughness is not some proprietary commodity that only the Bruins possess. There are tough guys on both teams and all over the league, which is what makes hockey such a compelling sport to watch.

    Although as a Bruins fan, I do take particular pride in guys like Campbell and Horton and the rest of this TEAM.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      I agree that Horton is a good teammate but to say he is not effective is way off base. Horton leads the playoffs in plus/minus and is 2nd in points behind Krejci out of all players. This isn’t a new injury he is dealing with. He has had shoulder problems since Florida and it was re-aggravated in the regular season “fight” against Iginla. He is definitely a warrior and playing through a lot pain but he is also incredibly effective. I think the area you see the change is where he isn’t lining guys up to drive them through the boards and I think he has been forced to modify his shot some due to the pain. Whatever he has to do, it is working and he definitely should be out there.

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