Gregory Campbell’s expression registered the level of pain he was experiencing. (Jared Wickerham / Getty Images)

As gutsy performances by Boston athletes in big games go, this one might be right up there with Curt Schilling’s bloody sock.

While killing a penalty, Gregory Campbell of the Boston Bruins blocked a shot by Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night and somehow managed to keep skating for nearly a minute despite what clearly was blinding pain. Campbell, ESPN reports, has a broken leg and is out for the rest of the playoffs.

“We tried to rally around him,” Patrice Bergeron said (via the Boston Globe). “We tried to do it for him. He’s a big player on and off the ice.”

(Bruce Bennett / Getty Images) (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

It took Bergeron a while. He scored 15:19 into double overtime, lifting the Bruins to a 2-1 victory for a 3-0 series lead over the Penguins.

“The fact that he took that shot and he couldn’t even move and he was still trying to play and get in the lane … ,” Brad Marchand, who assisted on Bergeron’s goal, said (via “He did a great job and we really wanted to play for him and it just shows his character. He’s always battling. He’s always doing whatever he has to do, and he’s been huge for us this playoffs so far.”

The Bruins are making easy work of the Penguins, but Campbell’s performance isn’t likely to be forgotten.

“[Y]ou don’t have to know hockey too well to know how gutsy that was,” Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said. “But I think this is obviously a city that appreciates that kind of effort. It’s not the first time they’ve seen effort from guys on that line and what they do and what they bring to this team. So like I said, it’s appreciated by anybody who sees that.”

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