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A minute of agony for Gregory Campbell

Thursday, 06.06.2013 / 1:16 PM / Penguins vs Bruins - 2013 Eastern Conference Final

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

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A minute of agony for Gregory Campbell
Here's a breakdown of the minute the Bruins' Gregory Campbell spent on the ice after breaking his fibula while blocking a slap shot.

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell broke his fibula diving in front of an Evgeni Malkin slap shot during a Pittsburgh Penguins power play at 12:03 of the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night, a game the Bruins would go to win 2-1 in double overtime.

Nearly a minute later, Campbell finally left the ice under his own power after a heroic effort disrupting the Penguins just enough to prevent it from becoming a two-man advantage.

Here is a breakdown of exactly what Campbell did:

12:03 -- Campbell dives at the top of the right faceoff circle to block Malkin’s shot, loses his left glove and writhes in pain on the ice as the Penguins continue to pressure the Bruins.

12:12 -- Using his stick almost like a crutch, Campbell props himself up onto his feet, holding his glove in his hand after teammate Andrew Ference knocks it over to him.

12:15 -- Campbell drops his glove again as he starts to make his way over to defend Malkin on the right point.

12:18 -- Campbell, with one hand on his stick, breaks up a pass from Kris Letang to Malkin, forcing Malkin back toward the blue line to retrieve the puck.

12:23 -- As the play moves toward the corner, Campbell retrieves his glove off the ice.

12:26 -- Letang fumbles the puck at the blue line and it nearly leaves the zone. Daniel Paille pressures him, but Letang manages to keep the play onside.

12:30 -- Campbell hacks at the stick of James Neal as he skates by, then defends Malkin with the puck on the right point, forcing him to skate toward the corner.

12:38 -- Campbell gets into Letang’s shooting lane at the right point, holding his stick almost like a goalie, and forces Letang to dish the puck over to Malkin at the right faceoff dot.

12:42 -- Campbell gets his stick in the passing lane to prevent Malkin from passing it to Letang at the point. Malkin shoots and it is blocked in front by defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

12:47 -- Campbell again gets in Letang’s shooting lane at the point. Letang passes to Malkin at the dot for a one-timer that is blocked by Ference.

12:50 -- Shawn Thornton leaves the penalty box as Boston’s too many men on the ice penalty expires.

12:54 -- Ference clears the puck out to the neutral zone; Campbell starts to make his way to the Boston bench.

13:01 -- Campbell reaches the Boston bench and heads straight to the dressing room as his teammates pat him on the back and the sellout TD Garden crowd of 17,565 roars its approval before chanting his name.

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