The shock only grew after the 2-1 double overtime win by the Bruins against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final when news filtered out that Campbell had a broken leg, a report the Bruins confirmed to be a fractured fibula Thursday morning.
But the people who know Campbell best weren't shocked in the least.
"That's the kind of player he is," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday. "He's a real dedicated individual to his work and to his game, from off ice, to on ice, to taking care of himself, demeanor, everything else. What he did [Wednesday] surprised a lot of people, but it didn't surprise us because that's just who he is."
The Game 3 victory gave the Bruins a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, with Game 4 Friday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).