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There are very few times in life when a intangible characteristic cleverly (and painfully) reveals itself in a tangible way. If you were lucky enough to watch (let alone attend) Wednesday's game three of the Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden then you know exactly what I'm talking about.
With less than ten minutes left in the second period the Bruins were faced with killing yet another Pittsburgh power-play to sustain the current 1-1 score. This team - during the series - has turned penalty killing an art form. Consistency, discipline and organization are the backbone of the penalty unit with courage, heart and toughness anchoring the rest.
No one embodies those characteristics more than Gregory Campbell (Soupy), and in the second period we saw those characteristics come to life right before our very eyes.
Campbell suffered a broken leg on the play (ending his season) but stayed on the ice for well over a minute to finish out his line's shift. Wait, what?! Just let that sink in for a moment. Today many - including myself at times - believe professional athletes care about one thing and one thing only, themselves. A consistent and overwhelming claim that many fans believe has led to the slow deterioration of professional team sports.
Campbell's play on the ice Wednesday is a nice (but painful) reminder that not every athlete or professional team adheres to that assessment. Thanks for everything, Soupy.
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