Halfway through the second period of Game 3 Wednesday night, the Bruins lost Gregory Campbell to an injured right leg.
And they won’t be getting him back at any point in the playoffs, as general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed Thursday that Campbell suffered a broken right fibula.
Asked about replacing Campbell, coach Claude Julien said Thursday that there were “lots of options. Just lots of options. We’ll look at them closer today and make the decision tomorrow.
“We’ve just got to make sure we get something out of all our lines right now. I think that’s the most important thing for us. That’s where our decisions are going to have to be made: How do we make it work so that we continue to have four lines?”
Campbell, the fourth-line center, was injured while killing off a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. He was marking the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin at the point, and Malkin teed up a slap shot that clanged into Campbell’s right leg.
The shot caused Campbell to buckle and lose one of his gloves. Play continued, however, which prevented Campbell from retreating to the bench. Campbell, practically on one leg, had to stay on the ice for approximately 50 seconds while the Bruins killed the penalty. When the Bruins finally cleared the puck, Campbell made it to the bench. He immediately limped down the tunnel with help from physical therapist Scott Waugh. Campbell didn’t return.
“He’s a real dedicated individual to his work and to his game,” said Julien. “What he did yesterday, it surprised a lot of people, but it didn’t surprise us. That’s just the way he is.”
“We tried to rally around him,” said Patrice Bergeron, who scored the winner in the 2-1 double-overtime victory. “We tried to do it for him. He’s a big player on and off the ice.”
Campbell’s final numbers: 10 shifts, 6:51 of ice time, one hit, two blocked shots, one takeaway, and three lost faceoffs.
“That’s a thankless job right there,’’ teammate Chris Kelly said. “Soup does that. He’s been doing it is whole career, and I think the fact that he stayed up, finished his shift, and made it to the bench speaks volumes about how strong he is and willingness to battle.”
The Bruins lost not only their No. 4 center but one of their trusted penalty-killers. Without Campbell, the Bruins couldn’t roll their fourth line. Shawn Thornton skated only six shifts for 3:56 of ice time. Daniel Paille took some shifts on the third line with Kelly and Tyler Seguin.
Campbell had dressed for all 15 postseason games, collecting three goals and four assists. He was the linchpin of the fourth line that controlled segments of the series vs. the Rangers.