The Boston Bruins are losing a key contributor moving forward as news emerged late on Wednesday night that Gregory Campbell would be sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a broken leg — this, according to a report from ESPN Boston.
The Bruins’ used a game-winning goal from Patrice Bergeron in double overtime to take a 3-0 series lead over the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Pittsburgh Penguins played well on Wednesday night, but they couldn’t break through the tough Bruins’ defense and the superb play of goaltender Tuukka Rask.
The resilience of Campbell however, deserves the attention it should. Campbell broke his leg in the second period of last night’s crucial Game 3 victory when he blocked a shot on a Penguins’ power play. Clearly in pain, Campbell fought through the injury and stayed on the ice for another minute while Boston killed the penalty.
The injury moving forward stings for the Bruins, especially considering how well their defense has been playing. However, it’s that type of resilience that has Boston ahead in this series, three games to none. Already down a man on the power play, Campbell skated and defended through a broken leg to help prevent Pittsburgh from scoring. Put that into perspective in a game that was tied 1-1 until the latter portion of double overtime.
The Bruins will be looking to finish off Pittsburgh at home on Friday night with a four game sweep. Boston is one win away from advancing to their first Stanley Cup finals since 2011 — a year in which they hoisted the trophy for the first time since 1972.
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