News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links around the NHL - June 6th, 2013

Doug Pensinger

Gregory Campbell reportedly killed a penalty on a broken leg - suffered from blocking a shot.

It’s not on the same level as Bobby Baun’s legendary overtime game-winning goal in the 1964 Stanley Cup final, but for a fourth-line grinder it may as well be.

Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell blocked a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin during a penalty kill midway through the second period during Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference final Wednesday.

Campbell, who was slow to get up and in noticeable pain, stayed on the ice for the remaining 47 seconds of Pittsburgh’s power play while the Penguins cycled the puck in the Boston zone.

Jagr still has it.

Jaromir Jagr's always has thrived after midnight.

When he was younger it was party time. The past several seasons it has been training time. You've heard about those midnight on-ice sessions at the practice facilities in Philadelphia, Dallas and Boston, haven't you?

Sometimes, Jagr skates by himself. Other times, he cajoled a few teammates to join him. So when Game 3 of the East final between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins evolved into double overtime and into the wee hours of the Thursday morning, there wasn't a player on the TD Garden ice who was more accustomed to skating past midnight than the 41-year-old Czech native.

Yep, it was the longest night of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, but it was the oldest guy on the ice who made the key play to set up Bruins clutch centre Patrice Bergeron for his third career OT playoff winner for a 2-1 win, and 3-0 series advantage in the East final.

Some guys that fight have spoken up about the new visor rule.

“The reason I don’t wear a visor is so that you don’t have to take your helmet off when you’re fighting,” Crombeen said. “If everyone’s wearing a visor, it’s a lot easier to put a visor on and to still play that same role that I play.”

Washington Capitals defenceman Steve Oleksy played 28 games this season as a 27-year-old rookie, just beyond the threshold required to keep the choice not to wear a visor.

Like Boll, B.J. Crombeen of the Tampa Bay Lightning chooses not to wear a visor because of how often he drops the gloves.

“Oh, man. I got lucky,” he said.

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