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Gregory Campbell speaks: ‘It hurt a little bit’

06.18.13 at 1:33 pm ET

Gregory Campbell spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since breaking his right leg blocking a shot from Evgeni Malkin in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Campbell, who was on crutches, took the podium at TD Garden and discussed his now famous shift, in which he blocked the shot, got up and played nearly a minute on a broken leg while clearly in pain during a Penguins power play.

“I mean, it hurt a little bit,” Campbell said of the pain he was in while staying on the ice. “It was sore. But your adrenaline’s going pretty good at that point. You’re stuck on the ice with a couple of the best players in the world. You really don’t have much time to think about anything else but trying to help out and kill a penalty.”

The Merlot Line center and penalty-killer said he wasn’t 100 percent sure that his leg was broken when the puck hit him, but he was “fairly sure that there was something wrong.”

Campbell underwent surgery last Monday and has a recovery time of six to eight weeks. He hopes to be on his feet again by late July/early August and plans on participating in training camp, regardless of whether he’s completely up to speed.

“I’m fully expecting to be 100 percent at camp,” he said. “Maybe I won’t be participating fully in camp. I can’t say that right now. But if you look at six to eight weeks, it puts me in mid July to late July, early August. I’ll be back on my feet.

“Obviously my training program is going to change a little bit. That’s a big part of my game. But that’s just something that I have to deal with and I’ll have to work around.”

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