CHICAGO – Gregory Campbell isn’t with his Bruins teammates in Chicago getting ready for the Stanley Cup Finals, and is instead recuperating after undergoing successful surgery on Monday to repair his broken right fibula.
Peter Chiarelli hinted surgery might be a possibility for the fourth-line center on the day after he closed out the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Campbell moved ahead this week to get the procedure done as quickly as possible while his teammates were in the Windy City preparing for the Finals.
There’s little doubt that the Bruins will miss him in this final Stanley Cup round after maneuvering Chris Kelly into the fourth line center spot between Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille, and introducing Kaspars Daugavins into the Boston fold.
“Soupy is a team guy, a team player, somebody you definitely want to do it for him because you know how much it hurts for him to be watching,” said Patrice Bergeron. “Two years ago we rallied after [Nathan Horton] went down, and tried to win it for him. This year is the same thing.”
Campbell, of course, broke his leg blocking an Evgeni Malkin missile from the high point in Boston’s Game 3 double-overtime win over the Penguins, and then courageously spent the next 60 seconds killing off the penalty while barely standing on one leg. The Bruins played inspired hockey after that point, and Campbell’s grimacing PK shift has gone into the annals of tales of courage, toughness and determination that abound in the Stanley Cup playoffs.