Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell is a hard man. A hard man. You’re heard the stories of NHL players who got facial lacerations, went to the bench for stitches and then were back on the ice for their next shift in the rotation. Campbell’s story trumps those stories in terms of pure heart and inhuman toughness.
In the second period of last night’s 2-1 double-overtime victory for the Bruins over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Campbell took an Evgeni Malkin slapshot to the leg while killing a penalty. The hard shot broke Campbell’s leg. Since the Penguins were on a power play and Campbell couldn’t get to the bench for a substitute, he had no choice but to get back to his feet and keep playing.
On a broken leg.
For over a full minute, Campbell defended the Penguins’ power play, preventing a goal that would have given the Penguins the lead. If he was any grittier, he would literally be a pile of dirt.
After the game, the Bruins revealed that Campbell will be out for the remainder of the playoffs. He was spotted leaving the arena on crutches.
“He showed a lot of guts to stay out there,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told the media after the game. “He’s the type of player we appreciate having in the room.”
The Bruins are now one win away from making it back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years.