BOSTON — Neither Washington forward Matt Hendricks nor Bruins center Gregory Campbell will reveal if there was any animosity between the two prior to ther recent flaring of tempers.
Hendricks and Campbell dropped the gloves right off the opening faceoff in the final preseason game at TD Garden prior to the team’s departure for Europe. On Tuesday in D.C, they did it again. Over the course of the night, Campbell took two minor penalties — tripping and high sticking — also against Hendricks.
“It’s nothing personal,” said Campbell about today’s morning skate in preparation for the rematch with the Capitals in Boston’s home-opener. “I never fought him before or anything.”
Campbell said he didn’t even realize until after the game that he had taken the two other penalties against Hendricks. The Caps winger, a former Bruins farmhand, played equally coy this morning after his team’s skate. When asked if there might be a third installment of the battle, Hendricks just said “I don’t know; we’ll see. It’s part of the game, right?”
If there wasn’t a rivalry between the two before this fall, there is now.