Julien: Guys will want to rally around Campbell

Julien: Guys will want to rally around Campbell
June 6, 2013, 2:30 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins made it official this morning and announced that Gregory Campbell will miss the rest of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs with a broken right fibula at the bottom of his leg.

Campbell was diving to block an Evgeni Malkin blast from the high point when he absorbed the rocket just above his ankle. He got up to kill the rest of the penalty while fighting through the excruciating pain, and after roughly 60 seconds on-ice hobbling, the Bruins killed the penalty and Boston had their inspiration for Game 3 and beyond.

Some might have immediately gone down in a heap looking for a whistle in that situation, but that's not how the Bruins roll.

"A lot of guys might have stayed down, but not a lot of guys on this team would have, I think," said Johnny Boychuk, who was willing to take a puck off the face earlier in the playoffs versus Toronto rather than give up a goal.

The Bruins got an immediate surge of energy and inspiration after watching Campbell's courage under fire, and vowed to win it for him. That kind of thing shows the togetherness and brotherhood of a hockey team at its best.

Some made the parallel to the Bruins drawing the strength to persevere while doing it for Nathan Horton after he went down with a concussion courtesy of an Aaron Rome cheap shot in the Stanley Cup Finals. Julien wasn't exactly shooting that notion down.

"It didn't surprise us because that's just who he is, stay in there and make sure he finishes his shift," Julien said. "As a coach you probably wish he would have stayed down, but that's not his job. I think our team wants to (win) for all the right reasons, and that's one of them.

"When you see a guy go down like that and the way he went down, what he did . . . what he's done for the team and what he did last night to block that shot, the guys are going to want to rally around that."

The Bruins don't need any extra reasons to win, sitting just five wins away from capturing their second Stanley Cup title in the last three years, and etching their names in B's lore with a bit darker ink. But they got a little something extra watching one of their most respected warriors go out on his shield in Game 3 doing what he always does: killing penalties, blocking shots and playing with a toughness that inspires.