Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell will miss the rest of the NHL playoffs with a broken right leg.
General manager Peter Chiarelli made the announcement Thursday.
Campbell was hurt during the second period of the Bruins 2-1, double-overtime victory Wednesday night that gave them a 3-0 lead over Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 4 is Friday night.
During a Penguins power play, Campbell fell in the right faceoff circle with about eight minutes left. He got up and dove in the high slot to try and block Evgeni Malkin’s shot. He kept playing for about a minute before reaching his bench. He didn’t return.
”What he went through showed a lot of guts,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. ”It was a pretty serious injury.”
In 15 playoff games this year, Campbell has three goals and four assists as part of a strong fourth line.
At practice on Thursday, Julien told reporters he’d like to continue using four lines. Boston, easily one of the deepest teams in the league, has plenty of options that have been sitting in the press box, and can dress at any time. One name to consider is veteran Jay Pandolfo, 38, a left wing who won two Stanley Cup titles in New Jersey (2000, 2003).
Campbell, 29, is the son of NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, a former coach of the New York Rangers.
Gregory Campbell is a member of the Bruins’ ”Merlot Line,” which also includes Dan Paille and Shawn Thornton. The moniker refers to the wine-colored jerseys they sport during Boston’s practices.