BOSTON — It turns out there might’ve been something personal between Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown and Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer Monday night during the Kings’ 2-0 win, it just didn’t involve any non-hockey rancor.
Brown three times leveled Kampfer over the course of the game, including a second period hit that shook up Boston’s rookie defenseman. Watching the game, one might’ve thought Kampfer stole Brown’s dog or something.
“We have a mutual friend out there [in California]. I gave our mutual friend a lot of crap for it. I said ‘you shouldn’t have introduced us, and this probably wouldn’t have happened,’” said Kampfer after he took part in Boston’s morning skate at TD Garden in preparation for tonight’s game with Florida.
“But no, he’s a nice guy. He plays hard, that’s his style, so he’s doing his job and I was doing mine. I guess I got the worst end of it.”
That second-period hit was up a little high and caught a bit of Kampfer’s broken nose, which he has been suffering with since getting a high stick in the face Jan. 15 vs. Pittsburgh.
While the hit from Brown probably didn’t help matters, Kampfer said that his nose has been clearing up a bit since last week, when he said he might require surgery.
“It’s still clogged up, but it’s definitely opened up a little more over time,” he said. “But we’re going to see how it feels after the break and then go from there. But it hasn’t been a problem since then.”
Kampfer’s looking forward to healing up enough that he doesn’t have to wear the full cage. And he has to breathe a sigh of relief that the only way he’ll face Brown again this season is if there’s a trade or two, or a Kings-Bruins Stanley Cup final.