Playing in Pain NHL Style

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Gregory Campbell

The NHL's regular season is a bruising grind, but the playoffs have been described as eight weeks of war, a holy crusade in which players willingly endure astounding amounts of punishment and pain for a chance to raise the sacred Stanley Cup. Boston's Gregory Campbell had his right leg broken by a slap shot in Game 3 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals, but managed to get back on his feet and stay on the ice for nearly a minute, skating on his good leg while trying to help his team kill off a Pittsburgh power play. Campbell was lost for the rest of the playoffs, but his sacrifice and effort inspired his teammates to win the game, and he earned a place in hockey lore.

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