In Game 3 against Pittsburgh, when Gregory Campbell hit the deck to block Evgeni Malkin’s slap shot, the Bruins lost far more than their fourth-line center. Campbell’s postseason departure because of a broken right leg turned the Bruins’ bottom two lines upside down.
There was arguably no better fourth line in the NHL than Campbell between Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton. The No. 3 line of Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly, and Tyler Seguin achieved little offensively, but could be trusted defensively and on faceoffs.