Someday, today’s young Bruins fans will be telling their kids about the amazing 2013 playoffs.
They will talk about how Bruins fans first collectively rallied a city blown apart by evil on a Wednesday night in April by taking over National Anthem duties from Rene Rancourt. They will say that was the start of something special. They will talk about a Game 7 comeback against Toronto after Boston was trailing 4-1 when the team scored three, no 10, no 34 goals in the third period to force overtime before beating the Maple Leafs.
They will talk about Game 3 against the Penguins Eastern Conference Finals. How it was a glorious 2-1 double-overtime, gut-wrenching, heart-stopping, bladder crushing playoff victory over Sidney Crosby and his teammates.
But mostly, they will tell their children about how a guy named Gregory Campbell played almost a minute of hockey during a critical power-play with a broken leg.
“Yes, kids, a broken leg. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury was still out that night after missing five games nursing a sore groin.”
Even in the present, history looms large in this series. When Jaromir Jagr broke into the NHL, Sidney Crosby was a three-year-old baby boy. Turns out he still is.
In the context of Campbell’s performance Wednesday, we decided share some of the memorable moments of Campbell-like in-game “true grit” in the annals of Boston sports.