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Video: Stanley Cup playoffs increase players’ toughness

Jun 6, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

It’s an image that won’t be soon forgotten – Boston Bruins’ forward Gregory Campbell writhing in pain.

Campbell blocked an Evgeni Malkin shot on a Pittsburgh Penguins power play Wednesday night, and suffered a broken leg.

But he stayed on the ice, albeit he obviously wasn’t, and couldn’t be, very mobile, to continue the penalty kill.  He then struggled to the bench.

It’s the latest example of the type of pain players will play through during the playoffs, simply to help their teammates lift the Stanley Cup when it’s all over, and Mike Milbury and Keith Jones discuss a few others.

  1. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    If they go onto win the Cup this could go down in the same category as Duncan Keith’s puck to the face in 2010. Whenever people ask how tough hockey players are these are the kind of performances they point to. Major props to Campbell!!!

  2. ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    every time i watch campbell continue playing, i get the chills. as much as the bruins AREN’T my team, this is just the spirit of hockey and why its my #1 sport. NHL is greater than NFL, MLB, NBA, in that order.

  3. alwaysgame7 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Chancepffleury1 is by far my favorite pens fan lol. And this is just an example of why I love Soupy. Somebody (I think Bergeron) said after the game that’s the kind of thing Soupy would do not only in a playoff game, but in the regular season. Kids got heart and the spirit of a warrior.

    Here’s to a quick recovery

  4. kmacle - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Here’s hoping Lord Stanley signs his cast.

  5. greatusername - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Gotta give props where props are due and this guy showed true heart. When I watched it live I thought, “alright! It’s like a 5 on 3 now with him hobbling!”. After hearing about the broken leg my thoughts changed. I have a ton of respect for the heart and dedication this guy had to get up and continue defending that penalty. Wow. I have no more words for this. Just… Wow! Respect. Always.

  6. amityvillefun - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Are you reading this Montreal and Vancouver?

    Diving and embellishing are an insult to the spirit of the sport that Campbell exemplifies in this play. It’s about honor and doing your best for your teammates and your fans.

    What I’m saying is that if this guy can play with a broken leg, you should be able to stay on your skates, play the game tough, and not “look” for penalties. Play the game straight, tough and fair and let the true heroes be the ones that have the talent and passion to want it more.

    Since Campbell has been a Bruin, I don’t think I’ve ever see him take a night off. The guy will stand up for his team and give you his all every night.

    His talent and passion for the sport are very much appreciated here in Boston. Thanks #11.

    • hockey412 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      You may want to start a petition to get Marchand traded away before you start insulting and pointing to other clubs, my friend. Other wise it comes off as under-educated yet overly opinionated, obnoxious, hypocritical, petty, and smug. Actually it sounds like it’s coming from a Bruins fan, as opposed to a hockey fan.

      • amityvillefun - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Marchand has been playing great, thank you very much. Game winning assist the other night with a perfect pass to Bergeron. People hate on Marchand, but the guy has skill and speed and works his tail off.

        Keep hating and diving. That makes your kids proud.

      • hockey412 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Um, this is in response to your comment on OTHER TEAMS diving…but NOT the Bruins. If you are retracting that, in order to say, oh, ok the Bruins dive too, but those other teams dive more, then fine. As it is, everyone in the league hates Marchand partially because he is a notorious diver…been called for it a number of times, right? Last game versus Kunitz he dove…made a DIRTY play, then DOVE. The fact that you can ignore that, say he’s playing great, then try to slam OTHER teams, shows what kind of blinded fan you are, and your comments are not to be taken seriously by Vancouver OR Montreal.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Boston + Embellishment City and Marchand is the little princess of the diving and his whining coach Clod Julie-Ann.

  7. titansbro - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Love G Campbell. This is no surprise to me. Dude fights & plays with intensity every second he’s on the ice. He may not be the most talented player but he’s EARNS every second of ice time. Much respect.

  8. savoirlaire - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    God, I cannot believe habsman is silent on all these Campbell posts…surely his daddy set it up so he could rise from a friggin’ broken leg and PK! This guy is a warrior, and why soccer players look like a disgrace to a whole lot of us.

  9. atteckus - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    My objection to this article featuring Gregory Campbell is that this is not an example of amplified toughness for the playoffs. Campbell is blood, sweat and tears tough ALL SEASON LONG. He fights HUGE guys to defend his teammates, he selflessly takes the hits to move the puck, he played 2 shifts with a broken bone in his foot, he regularly hits the ice to block insane shots, he ferociously forechecks and fights for pucks along the boards. It doesn’t matter to him if it is a pre-season game, a summer camp scrimmage, game 7 of the regular season or game 3 of the ECF’s. The guy is a true warrior, every single time he laces them up. There are many others who step up their game for the playoffs. Not Campbell. He’s a badass, year round.

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