The Stanley Cup Playoffs are about desire, determination and sacrifice. Teams can't win the game's greatest trophy without willingly putting themselves in harm's way for the good of the team.
The latest example of such sacrifice was Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell, who sustained a broken right leg blocking a shot in the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Despite clearly being in pain, Campbell remained on the ice for about a full minute, helping his team kill off the Penguins' power play.
It was an inspirational moment for Campbell's teammates.
"The fact that he took that shot and he couldn't even move and he was still trying to play and get in the lane," Boston forward Brad Marchand said. "He did a great job and we really wanted to play for him and it just shows his character. He's always battling. He's always doing whatever he has to do, and he's been huge for us this playoffs so far."
The play was reminiscent of another playoff warrior, Dallas Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor, who in Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Final crawled across the ice, dragging his injured leg behind him, to stay in the play after sustaining a severely sprained ankle and torn knee ligament after a hit by the New Jersey Devils' Scott Gomez.
As the Dallas Observer wrote in naming Sydor's effort the city's sports moment of the year: "It personified what makes hockey, and the Dallas Stars, so enthralling. Hockey at its best is a game … with an honor code that demands that hockey players not only play hurt, but play in blinding pain. Sydor's exhibition of -- pick your cliché: Heart, determination, guts, whatever you want to call it -- almost made losing the Stanley Cup acceptable, because fans knew that moment reflected the Stars' effort."
Did one play better personify the true sacrifice of winning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?
DARRYL SYDOR - 2000 SCF - CRAWLING BLOCK AGAINST DEVILS