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Report: Blocked shot broke Gregory Campbell’s leg

Jun 6, 2013, 3:13 AM EDT

It’s quite possible that Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell fought through a broken leg on this memorable shift from Game 3:

That’s the word from ESPN Boston’s Joe MacDonald. He reports that a source within the Bruins organization told him that he suffered that injury, and logically enough, his season will be over.

“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.”

(MacDonald’s report has reactions from other teammates.)

Amazing stuff by the 29-year-old forward, who isn’t likely to hear many jokes about his father Colin Campbell any longer.

(H/T to Puck Daddy.)

  1. bowman20 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Unreal. Talk about sacrificing your body for your team. Takes heart and balls. Hope for a speedy recovery.

  2. acuratech348 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    It’s tough losing Campbell for the remainder of the post season. I thought he should have won the 7th player award, him or Paille

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Campbell is probably my 2nd favorite Bruin behind Bergeron (been a fan of his for YEARS and can’t wait for him to be captain), but I would have given the nod to Paille for 7th player award.

  3. hawkeedawg - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Wow, hate to see that happen to anyone. Campbell is one tough Canadian kid though.
    God speed on your recovery.

    Bobby Baun ‘esk

  4. theskinsman - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    This is the opposite of what diving/flopping looks like.Full recovery, well done.

  5. titansbro - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Idiots will still make jokes but Campbell is a warrior. All heart. Tough loss for the B’s.

  6. gallyhatch - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    I lost my voice cheering / screaming for Campbell on that shift, the Garden absolutely came alive when he did that.

    Unreal. I’m aware they’ve won nothing yet, but regardless, I am so G#d damn proud of these Bruins.

    What a night.

  7. 8man - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    “The Bruins don’t have the firepower the Pens have. To win this series they’ll have to do the little things flawlessly, like cycle the puck, finish their checks, crash the net, stay away from dumb penalties, play on broken legs…..”

    God speed, Gregory. Your grit and guts make that Spoked B look even prouder.

  8. hsaxjeff - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    That’s outright ridiculous someone suffering a broken leg from an evgeni malkin slapshot could even get to his feet and skate to the bench let alone, break up a pass, attempt to block 2 or 3 more shots, and play for 45 more seconds all with a more than likely broken leg. What heart and effort on the play. Bruins are my second favorite team… the first is Blackhawks and this makes me love the Bruins even more… what heart and effort to just keep sacrificing for the team.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Watching him finish his shift was inspiring.

  10. neelybourque778 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    That’s Bruins hockey for ya! All guts and heart!!

  11. raiderufan - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Damn…broken leg in the middle of killing a penalty against the playoffs #1 PP team and not only does he finish the shift BUT he’s on Malkin AND isn’t a liability. Friggin impressive!

  12. patthehockeyfan - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    I’ve been rooting for Pittsburgh in this series; but, after watching Campbell hobble around for the rest of the power play, I wasn’t sorry Boston eventually won this game. I was screaming for Rask to hold the puck on a shot to get a whistle; but, it was not to be. Damn near brought me to tears. Yes, I’m a girl :-)

    Great guts and glory on Campbell’s part!

  13. thebigtim2012 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Old school hockey baby

  14. pensman29 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Unbelievable what they will do to win

  15. ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    That’s f’n amazing. that’s the kind of thing that makes fans remember “oh that’s that tough mf’er that played for half a PK with a broken leg” for the rest of his career. Campbell is what NHL playoffs and hockey in general are all about. sick.

  16. malkinrulez - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    That was impressive and defines the series! Hope all goes well with his recovery. That is playoff hockey exemplified

  17. pastabelly - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Campbell will be missed. He’s had a great playoffs and has emerged as one of the leaders of the Bruins and not just a fourth line center.

  18. dropthepuckeh - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    The one thumbs down on all of those early posts has got to be Habsman/ hockeywithdraw seething mad and foaming at the mouth at such courage from a Bruin and son of Colin. Hard to say anything negative but nonetheless they react with the blind thumb’s down.

    Campbell will be very missed going forward – his line is so important and he does so much on the PK and filling in on higher lines. What an example for the younger guys. Hearing the crowd cheer his name will go down as an incredible moment in Bruins history. Great motivation going forward too.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Wish I could give you more than one thumbs up, dropthepuckeh, to counter the (I’m going to be nice) person(s) who gave thumbs down. Nothing worse than a sore loser.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        A thumbs down! Hahahahaha! Way to go, sore loser!

  19. alwaysgame7 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    What a trooper. I don’t care who you root for, you’ve gotta respect Soupy for staying in there to help kill the penalty.

    Wishing him a quick and full recovery

  20. govtminion - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Wow. You could tell he was in a ton of pain during that PK, but… broken? How the hell did he even do that?

    I don’t even know how to respond to that news. It’s both disappointing and awe-inspiring at the same time.

  21. grilledjesus - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Incredible tough as hell moment that just makes you appreciate how tough most of these hockey players are.
    Get well soon Soupy.

  22. tlndma - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Way to go Soup!

    Makes you think the new visor rule should be mandatory. They should make the guys that don’t want to wear one, go around with a patch over one eye for 48 hours. Let them see what it would be like to lose an eye. That might change a couple guys minds at least.

  23. withseidelinn - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    This defines what hockey and an NHL player are all about.

  24. sprtsfan1 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Amazing what these warriors will do for the cup. What a sacrifice.

  25. 2difshoe - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Hawks, Niklas Hjalmarsson…Bruins, Campbell, I see the replays of these two being sniped by a puck travelling at 100 mph, me, I hurl…Hjalmarsson and Campbell, continue on the PK. Hockey, definitely the greatest sport with the toughest athletes.

    Respect to both players.

    Go Hawks

  26. hazlydose - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    If the penguins had half of the heart and determination that Campbell showed killing that penalty, this would actually be a series.

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