Ex-Islander starts from scratch

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

LONG ISLAND — It appears Chris Campoli has a particular dislike for the pressbox at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

But no, says the Senators defenceman, he just doesn’t like pressboxes in general.

Campoli was clearly embarrassed to be a healthy scratch on Jan. 13, the last time Ottawa was here. He played four seasons as an Islander, and what player doesn’t like jamming the team that traded him?

Making sure he wouldn’t be relegated to the role of observer again, Campoli had his finest game as a Senator the last outing before the team left for Long Island Friday. He had a goal, two assists and was a plus-4 in Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to Detroit.

“No matter where you’re playing, you don’t want to be scratched,” said the 26-year-old defenceman. “I take pride as a professional going out and playing my best. I take it personally when (getting scratched) happens. My goal is to go out and help the team every night. If I’m doing my job, hopefully I don’t have to worry about being scratched again.”

Campoli, who is supposed to supply offence from the back end, has just two goals and nine assists this season. But it was the way he played against the Red Wings that reminded of his potential.

“He took advantage of the opportunities, and he did a good job to get involved in the cycle,” said coach Cory Clouston. “We need him to do that.”

Picking up where he left off would please Campoli.

“I’m excited to go back (to Long Island). The last time I played there last season, it wasn’t a great night for us. So hopefully things will be different. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”


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