BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are an Original Six club in the NHL, rich in history.
A moment to add to their lore came Wednesday in their 2-1, double-overtime win against the Penguins at TD Garden in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
Gregory Campbell, a fourth-line center called "Soup" by his teammates, was part of Boston's penalty-killing unit in the second period after the Bruins got caught with too many men on the ice. Campbell dived to block a fairly short-range slap shot by Penguins center Evgeni Malkin.
It was clear immediately that Campbell was hurt, but he got up and, barely able to skate and in obvious pain, continued to try to help his teammates by moving into passing and shooting lanes.
"It's one of those plays where you're hurt, but they're not going to blow the whistle, so you can see him out there trying to do whatever he could," Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said.
By the time Campbell finally struggled to the bench and then the locker room, the fans were roaring with approval.
The Bruins announced Thursday that Campbell has a broken leg and will miss the rest of the playoffs, but his teammates will have him in their thoughts moving forward, including Game 4 at 8:10 p.m. today.
"He definitely sacrifices his body in a lot of ways to help the team win," linemate Shawn Thornton said. "He'll be missed.
"It takes [guts] to lie down in front of a slapper like that. You saw him play on a broken leg for 45 seconds. You want to play well for him after that, for sure."
Campbell's bravery was wince-worthy for those watching, but also heightened the respect the Bruins have for him.
"What he did surprised a lot of people, but it didn't surprise us because that's just who he is -- stay in there and make sure he finishes his shift," coach Claude Julien said. "As a coach, you probably wish he would have stayed down, but that's not his job."
Julien said he had a lot of options for dressing another player but declined to elaborate.
No call was coming
Boston winger Jaromir Jagr got an assist on Patrick Bergeron's winning goal Wednesday night.
He also got away with a pretty obvious hooking minor to trigger the sequence that ended with Bergeron deflecting a Brad Marchand feed behind Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun.
Malkin had the puck in the neutral zone when Jagr tugged at him with his stick, then grabbed control of the puck and sent play into the Penguins end.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he is certain Jagr was guilty of an infraction, but was equally certain that referees Marc Joannette and Dan O'Rourke would not penalize him for it.
"There's no question, [during] the battle along the boards right in front of our bench with Jagr, there's a hook," Bylsma said Thursday.
"But I'm not sure, at that point in the game, I thought for one second, with how the game was being called, that I expected a call at all on the play."
Krug earns a little respect
The Penguins have outhit the Bruins, 117-72, through the first three games of the series, and Boston rookie defenseman Torey Krug feels as if he's as much on the receiving end as anyone else. Not that he's griping.
"If I saw a 5-foot-9 defenseman on the other team, I'd say, 'Let's hit him,' too," Krug said. "It's nothing that I'm not used to. I don't feel targeted at all. It is what it is.
"I've been used to that my whole life. Every game, people are coming at me. I don't feel it's any different. I know no different than being a little guy. It's all normal to me."
Krug said long ago he learned to overcome his size and earn teammates' and opponents' respect.
"I think a lot of it is my stubbornness," he said. "I want to go with you face-to-face, but, sometimes, I can't do that. I'm a little bit stubborn sometimes. It's just my compete level.
"Sometimes, it does take awhile for people to respect me. I understand that. I just kind of work toward gaining respect."
He said it helped that he grew up in a family with three boys where it was "kind of survival of the fittest."