Joe Thornton took heat, but had a good reason for going pointless in seven games vs. Montreal in 2004. (SI photo)
By Allan Muir
I owe Joe Thornton an apology.
Honestly, there are probably a few other players I’ve wronged along the way. But mostly Joe.
I got to thinking about my need for a little public penance in the wake of Gregory Campbell’s injury on Wednesday night. Campbell, maybe the most valuable fourth-line center in the league, mythologized himself by finishing off a critical shift on the penalty kill with what later turned out to be a broken leg.
A broken leg. That is flat out hardcore.
That video of him grimacing, trying to stand and do something, anything, to keep the Penguins from scoring will be played for the rest of our lives to illustrate the price players are willing to pay for just a chance to capture the Stanley Cup. (And if the B’s somehow win it, can you imagine the moment when he gets wheeled out onto the ice for his turn to lift it? Magic.)
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