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June 7, 2013

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Campbell sidelined

The Bruins will have to play the remainder of the playoffs without fourth line center Gregory Campbell, who broke his leg blocking a shot during the Bruins 2-1 win over the Penguins in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Campbell will likely be replaced by either Kasper Daugavins or Carl Soderberg on the active roster.

The Bruins will miss Campbell’s grit and production in the face-off circle. The fourth line center broke during a second period Penguins power play after taking a shot off the stick of Evgeni Malkin. Campbell stayed in the game and completed the shift despite the fact that he could barely stand. The play gave the Bruins a spark going forward and shifted momentum at the time.

“For what he went through, he showed a lot of guts to stay out there and to still try and play,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “Obviously it was a pretty serious injury, so that’s just the kind of player he is, and it doesn’t surprise me, it doesn’t surprise his teammates, but certainly it shows the character of that player, and that’s why we appreciate having him on our team.”

Consistent excellence

With the NBA Finals kicking off Thursday night, future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan became just the third player in league history to play in a Finals series in three different decades. The San Antonio star has been to five overall (‘99, ‘03, ‘05, ‘07, ‘13) with four titles.

Making that even more amazing is that Duncan is still a go-to guy. The other two to accomplish the feat are John Salley, who rarely saw the court as a reserve in his last two trips (5.3 minutes per game for Chicago in 1995, 4.3 mpg for Lakers in 2000), and A.C. Green, who averaged 3.9 points a game for that same 1999-00 Lakers team.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru and David Willis

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