BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell had surgery Monday on the broken leg he suffered in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, according to a team source.
Campbell suffered the injury blocking a shot and then stayed on the ice for nearly a minute to help the Bruins kill a power play. The effort has made him something of a folk hero among Bruins fans. On Tuesday at TD Garden, fans cheered “We want Campbell” as they sent the team off to Chicago.
Campbell is also on the minds of his teammates, who will try to use his inspiration in the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
"I was thinking about him yesterday (at practice) but haven't spoken to him yet today, but he's in our thoughts and I'll keep in contact with him as this keeps going," linemate Daniel Paille said Tuesday morning before boarding the team bus. "It's definitely different for our line because we're so used to having him there. Hopefully for us, we can carry the load with him not there. He's someone we'll think about going forward, and we've always tried to play for someone that's been there for us and not able to play for us at this time of the year."
But the Bruins know they have a solid two-way player replacing Campbell on the "Merlot line" with Paille and Shawn Thornton. Chris Kelly will continue to center the line, and Paille is confident Kelly can get the job done.
"Kells can do his defensive job as he has been for us, and hopefully too we can continue our offensive trend we've had in the playoffs," Paille said. "Kells has good numbers in the past and he's been known to step up in big games. He's almost exactly like Soup [Campbell] and they play a similar style; Soup is a little more physical but Kells can get the job done."