Originally written on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 11/3/14

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Gregory Campbell of the Boston Bruins stretches prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 16, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
The Stanley Cup Playoffs bring out the best in hockey players. For those who get a chance to take part in the greatest spectacle in all of sports, it’s an opportunity to realize a childhood dream; the ability to hoist a 35-pound chalice over your head, give it a big kiss, then pass it off to a teammate. In order to win, players do whatever it takes to help their team even if it means sacrificing their own health and safety in order to do so. This was evident during Wednesday night’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins.  In the second period of the contest, the Bruins received a penalty for having too many men on the ice. While Shawn Thornton was in the penalty box serving the bench minor, Bruins pivot Gregory Campbell did something that epitomized the word “selfless.” As you can see in the video, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin wound up to take a slapshot from the point. Campbell slid in front of Malkin and successfully blocked the shot being directed towards Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask. The play continues and Campbell has great difficulty getting back on his feet. It’s obvious he’s in great distress and you can see him use every ounce of heart and strength to finally get back up on two skates. Campbell can hardly skate, but uses his stick in order to try to block Pittsburgh’s passing and shooting lanes. He even gets his stick on a Letang pass that was intended for Malkin, but he didn’t have enough strength to knock it out of the zone. Campbell then crashes the net and acts as a body in order to try to stymie the Penguins' power play. It worked; Pittsburgh only generated one shot on the power play and Boston was able to kill the advantage.  All this because had he skated off the ice, it would’ve left his team down two men until he could get to the bench and Boston coach Claude Julien could send another skater on.  While nobody knew the extent of the injury at the time, the Bruins released a statement Thursday morning stating that Campbell had broken his right fibula on the play and would be out for the rest of the playoffs.  That play will serve as an example as to how dedicated hockey players are and how committed they are to the team and to winning the Stanley Cup. I, on the other hand, will never complain about injuring myself playing hockey again. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Marshawn’s press conference to end all press conferences

NFL to assist Seahawks in ID'ing Pats' ineligible receiver sets

Josh Gordon in essay: I'm not an addict

Belichick, Brady can't imagine Hall of Fame without Seau

Teammate: Johnny Manziel is definitely not a joke


Knicks reportedly ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant

Fire alarm at Patriots’ hotel goes off for second time in three days

Former NFL QB Jeff Blake: Everyone deflates footballs

Columnist: Media should boycott Skittles to protest Lynch

WATCH: Irving scores career-high 55, hits game winner

FCS star QB considering transferring to Oregon

Seattle business rolling 12,000 joints for Super Bowl

How Yardbarker got Marshawn Lynch to open up back in 2008

Super Bowl records that won't fall anytime soon

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting baby any day

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Pats fans buy Super Bowl tickets, told they're unavailable

The 10 most underrated Super Bowl performances

Where did Seahawks, Patriots find their Super Bowl players?

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Jimbo Fisher's extension could be worth $44 million

Morris twins investigated for possible assault

Padres are bringing back the brown pinstripes

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Super Bowl records unlikely to fall

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Teammate: Manziel not a joke

Ten most underrated SB performances

Knicks ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant?

Ex-QB: Everyone deflates footballs

Where did 'Hawks, Pats find players?

Columnist: Start Skittles media boycott

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Blatt wants more LeBron MVP talk

Best Super Bowl ads of all-time

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.