Daniel Paille only played one shift in Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 win over the Panthers before leaving with an apparent injury, but the Bruins downplayed the fourth line winger’s issue following the game.
Paille took a hit from Florida defenseman Ed Jovanovski in the corner that finished up high near his chin as he turned into the contact. He was done for the night after 1:20 of ice time.
The hit wasn’t penalized at the time, and simply appeared to be a good, hard hockey hit with an unfortunate end result.
Given that Paille has already battled with concussion issues this season, it’s no surprise that the Bruins took extra precautions with the left winger.
It doesn’t sound like Paille should be out for long however, and perhaps he could even be back in against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night.
“The doctor told him he couldn’t go back in. I’m told it’s not very serious, but those are hard to comment on,” said Claude Julien to reporters following the game. “He felt pretty good after the game, so you never know. Hopefully it was just a minor bump.”
Paille has nine goals and 16 points in 57 games with a plus-9 rating this season, and missed seven games with post-concussion symptoms earlier this season before returning as a more effective player after the midseason rest.