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Campbell (broken leg) officially out for rest of playoffs

Jun 6, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

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Bruins forward Gregory Campbell will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a broken right fibula, the club announced today.

The 29-year-old suffered the broken leg blocking an Evgeni Malkin shot last night on a Penguins power play. Campbell remained on the ice until the puck was cleared, but was obviously injured.

“For what he went through, he showed a lot of guts to stay out there and to still try and play,” head coach Claude Julien said. “Obviously it was a pretty serious injury, so that’s just the kind of player he is, and it doesn’t surprise me, it doesn’t surprise his teammates, but certainly it shows the character of that player, and that’s why we appreciate having him on our team.”

It’s a significant loss for the B’s, as Campbell was the center on an effective fourth line with wingers Shawn Thornton and Dan Paille.

Campbell finishes the postseason with three goals and four assists in 15 games, and no other Bruins forward has spent more time (32:04) killing penalties.

  1. pepper2011 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Balls. Just Balls.

    June 22, 2010 a great day in Bruins history – Horton and Campbell for Wideman.

    • nhloon - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      GREAT day.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    He may be out for the year but he certainly went up in my books

  3. ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    suggestion for PHT: update stories instead of posting them twice. it happens sometimes but the updates probably slip through the cracks since the story isn’t moved to the top of the chronological list. i’m no marketing agent, so I don’t know if that’d cut your page views or not but if you just update stories and move them to the top of the list, it seems more efficient for the writers.

    • sabatimus - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      I have a further suggestion: make the embedded videos work again. They don’t work in Chrome as far as I can tell.

      • nunan - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Works for me with Chrome. I would suggest removing those videos that start automatically..

      • sabatimus - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Videos that start automatically? I haven’t seen any of those. Perhaps AdBlock is getting the way?

  4. sabatimus - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I guess it’ll be Soderberg, or perhaps even Carter Camper centering the 4th line. Sheesh.

    • bigkniht37 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Won’t be Soderberg. It’ll probably be Daugavins, they’ll slot Kelly or Pevs on the 4th line between Thorty/Paille and have Daugavins on the wing on the 3rd line between the other. Daugavins is a penalty killer as well and has speed to burn, don’t think the Bs are entirely sold on Soderberg to put him in during the playoffs.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        I think they’ll go Soderberg. He is a good faceoff man(if needed), and pretty sound defensively. I agree, I think they will slide Peverley down.

      • nunan - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Might implement Caron. System guy and has played with this team the most..maybe move Peverley to 4th line.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      I think Daugavins as well because he can play on the PK. Soderbergh is too big of a defensive liability and Claude likes the grittier guys who aren’t afraid to get dirty.

      • ballistictrajectory - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        I think Soderberg send his uniform out to be cleaned and pressed between periods. Definitely not a guy who goes to the gritty areas looking for loose pucks. Shies away from hitters, too, from what I’ve read.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Soderberg has played 6 NHL games.

      • itsallniceonice - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Exactly. The Conference Finals are no time to insert this guy.

    • itsallniceonice - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      I wouldn’t be shocked if Pandolfo goes in. He’s been there before and it’s Claude, he loves those kind of guys.

  5. capsrockva - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Sad to hear. He’s an awesome player. I knew something was dreadfully wrong with him when I saw the play. I hope the Bruins take this and bury the Pens in Game 4

  6. massivedick - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    These are NOT pansy-ass drama queen soccer players. Dudes are studs.

  7. pastabelly - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Campbell typifies the Bruins and will be missed.

    I heard NHL Radio guys on XM suggest Pandolfo and I almost puked. My preference is Caron, but I can see them bringing up Daugavins. Long term Soderberg might be a better option, but not during a Cup run.

  8. rogersjd16 - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I wish they had a video (sure it can be found) of the crowd chanting “Camp-bell” after it was over and he skated off. Was unbelievable.

    • itsallniceonice - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      • itsallniceonice - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        At ~1:30

  9. kingcobraman - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    when I seen the play I knew he was hurt but a broken leg. wow … inspirational and the heart of champion … I am now placing my $ on the bruins for the cup…

  10. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    One can never tire of watching a player who shows up every night, is gritty, accepts his role, and does everything asked of him. As a fan of the game I can say that his style of play is very much appreciated and for what he does compared to any player pound per pound he’s as important as the other players.

  11. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Should the B’s win the SC I hope the NHL will make an exception and allow his name to be engraved on the Cup , and no, not because he is the son of Colin Campbell, but because he has deserved it.

    “Prior to 1977 only players who had completed the Stanley Cup playoffs were eligible. Today, players appearing in 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final game for the championship team have their names engraved on the Cup. The NHL makes exceptions for players who do not meet the standard because of injury or other extenuating circumstances.”

    • ballistictrajectory - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      I think that this season, due to only playing 48 games, the regular season requirement might be reduced.

    • maalea - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      I would think with the shortened season there will be exceptions

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Yes! I suppose they will make it 1/2 of the regular season games, which would be 24 games.

    • bigkniht37 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      he played in all 48 games during the regular season anyway…

  12. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Bummer. Hope he is back strong for next season. For some of us older farts, it did bring the name Bobby Baun to mind. 1964 Finals. Similar injury. And after being carried off on a stretcher, he came back and scored the OT goal. Seriously.

    • ballistictrajectory - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      There’s still a player here or there that fights through a serious fracture or dislocated everything to compete, but they really don’t make them like that anymore.

  13. johnstone17 - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Baseball player with similar injury: Gets put on a backboard, with a neck brace & air splints on both legs ” just to be sure”. Air lifted to a local medical facility with the crowd in stunned silence.
    Basketball player with similar injury: Lays on the court for 20 minutes, acting like he’s dying. Air splint applied, placed on a stretcher, wheeled out of the arena as announcers talk about how tough he is. Also qualifies for an oscar for his injury performance.
    Football player with similar injury: Gets put on a cart, air splint applied, gives thumbs up to the crowd with tears in his eyes as he is driven out of the stadium to a standing ovation.
    Hockey player: Breaks leg blocking a shot. Struggles to his feet in obvious pain. Continues to try to contribute on the penalty kill. Hobbles off when he won’t leave his team down a player while having the home crowd chant his name. Stays on the bench until the end of the period trying to shake it off. Tip of the cap to Campbell & the Boston crowd from a Rangers fan. Well done.

    • frozenmona68 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Couldn’t have said it any better. My hat off to Campbell & the Boston crowd from a Wings fan!

  14. sonofsamiam - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    I’m guessing Kelly will join the remaining merlots at center, Pevs will move inside on the 3rd line and Daugs will dress for game 4. I also expect Claude to play this one pretty close to the chest.

    Soupy is a warrior and will be missed.

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