On Wednesday night, we passed along video of Campbell staying on the ice basically on one leg to kill a penalty. He played about 50 seconds in obvious pain, trying at that point to eat up space and not essentially give the Penguins a 5-on-3.
It looked like he was on one leg because he pretty much was. Campbell's leg was broken on the play. Not his foot, his leg -- right fibula to be exact. GM Peter Chiarelli announced on Thursday morning that Campbell's postseason is done.
"For what he went through, he showed a lot of guts to stay out there and to still try and play," coach Claude Julien said after the game. "Obviously, it was a pretty serious injury. So that's just the kind of player he is, and it doesn't surprise me. It doesn't surprise his teammates, but certainly it shows the character of that player, and that's why we appreciate having him on our team."
Losing a fourth-line player normally wouldn't be the end of the world for a lot of teams, but Boston's fourth line, the Merlot Line as they call it, is not your typical fourth line. They bring tremendous energy every time out there and always seem to surprise in their offensive effectiveness as well. Along with Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille, Campbell's line always has a couple of shifts in a game that are game-changers.
Campbell had three goals and four assists in 15 playoff games while diligently doing his job as a strong penalty killer.