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BOSTON (CBS) – Bruins forward Daniel Paille joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak on Thursday, the day after Boston’s Game 3 double-overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to take a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Gregory Campbell, Paille’s linemate on the Boston fourth line, broke his right leg blocking a shot in the second period — but remained on the ice to help kill a penalty. “Soupy” hobbled around for over a minute, helping Boston keep the Penguins off the board, and becoming a bit of a legend in Boston.
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“It felt like time stopped. I saw that blocked shot and he still managed to get into position,” Paille said of Campbell. “At one point he was still in the high slot trying to block a shot. I was thinking to myself that I wanted to be there, but if I got out of position there would be a one-timer. Soupy was so strong on his feet and didn’t get out of position. We were fortunate to have a guy like that on our team to play with that kind of heart. Unfortunately we’ve lost him for the rest of the playoffs.”
After dominating the Penguins in the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh, Paille said the B’s saw a very different Penguins team Wednesday night.
“They definitely brought their game last night. Defensively they were a lot stronger to play against, they made it difficult to play around the net but we were able to battle through it,” he said. “We should be happy with the win, but we know we have a lot more to improve for the next game.”
Not many (if any) expected the Bruins to be up 3-0 on the top-seeded Penguins, but Paille said the team’s sense of urgency returned following their dramatic Game 7 comeback win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round.
“We just learned not to take anything for granted. We were up 3-1 against Toronto and they came back, then down 4-1 in Game 7. We realized that it could be over soon, and that sense of urgency has grown back in our game. It’s great to see right now.”