Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 6/21/13
Gregory Campbell will not once suit up for the Boston Bruins during the Stanley Cup Finals. Should the Bruins win, he will not get to take the legendary lap around the rink, with Lord Stanley’s Cup raised high above his head. But Campbell’s sacrifice, ability to play through pain, and will to win are a huge reason the Bruins championship dreams are still alive. Campbell suited up for all 48 Bruins games in the lockout-shortened season, scoring four goals, tallying nine assists, and earning the reputation as a very reliable, gritty defenseman. This success carried over to the postseason, as Campbell helped lead a prolific Bruins defense to the lowest Goals Against Average in the postseason. To the surprise of many, the Bruins were completely shutting down the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. In game three of the series, Campbell demonstrated that he would literally do whatever it took to win the cup. On a Penguins’ powerplay, Campbell went down to block a shot from former MVP winner Evgeni Malkin. He successfully blocked the shot, but it broke his right leg in the process. With the puck still in the zone, Campbell got back to his feet and as best he could disrupting the Penguins offensive flow. When the Bruins finally cleared the puck, Campbell hustled off the ice, and has not returned since. Click here to view the video on YouTube. If Campbell stays down or takes himself out of the play, the Penguins likely score in a 5 on 3 advantage with both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the ice. Instead, the penalty is killed and the Bruins go on to win the game 2-1 in overtime, virtually sealing the series. Campbell now watches the Stanley Cup Finals in a suit and tie, but still hangs around the team serving as motivation. Even though Campbell will never get to skate with the cup in 2013, he deserves an immense amount of respect and is the true definition of a hockey player. Because it’s the cup. -Langer
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