By now, everyone remembers the moment by heart. Tied 1-1 with the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Bruins were forced to kill off a penalty. Already down a man, the Bruins essentially lost another when forward Gregory Campbell dove to block a shot by Evgeni Malkin. The ensuing block left Campbell with a broken leg, which he proceeded to skate on for another minute before getting a chance to get off the ice.
It was quite a heroic moment for the fourth-line center, and one that Bruins fans will always recall when bringing up the team’s most recent Stanley Cup run. Unfortunately, when it comes to recovering from the painful injury, Campbell still has a ways to go.
In an interview with NHL.com, he revealed recent X-ray results showed some progress, but not enough to give him the green light to skate again.
The recovery process from his surgery, which involved placing both a plate and screws in his foot, is a bit behind. Even more, it’ll probably require making adjustments with his skate to ensure comfort on the rink.
There’s still a chance that he could receive better news this week, as a second X-ray is scheduled for tomorrow. However, its safe to say the 6-8 week recovery timetable needs some extending.
One thing’s for sure: he’ll be plenty motivated whenever he does lace up again. Being forced to watch your team during any action is hard enough, but not getting a chance to try and help the Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Cup finals was unbearable.
“It was very, very hard to watch,” Campbell said. “And I was trying to support the team with whatever I could do. I mean, that wasn’t much.”
Campbell will be awaiting the X-ray results with baited breath, as he’s more than ready to get back to Boston and begin the upcoming season.