Paille 'dinged' after first-period hit


Paille 'dinged' after first-period hit

BOSTON -- Daniel Paille cant seem to catch a break.

The fourth line left winger had just shed the cage on his helmet in Winnipeg on Tuesday night after his nose was crushed by a slap shot last month against the New York Islanders.

But a healthy, unobstructed period of playing time for Paille appeared to come to an end after he suffer a head injury from a Krystofer Barch hit in Thursday nights 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.

Claude Julien intimated that Paille had suffered a head injury that was being treated by doctors, but wouldnt immediately give a diagnosis of the forwards injury.

Its not a concrete update. He got dinged pretty good there, said Julien. Our doctors felt that it was safer to not let him return and examine him a bit further. He wasnt well enough to come back.

I think it was just how he ended up going down, I guess. It looked like there was almost a helmet-to-helmet collision there in slow-motion.

The hit came on Barchs first shift of the game when he took a run at Paille in the first period, and video replays appeared that the fourth line forward suffered a head-to-head collision.

Paille immediately went down and then attempted to stand up with wobbly legs, but in the immediate aftermath both Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell made a B-line for Barch. Thornton memorably dropped Barch with one punch to the face during last years BruinsStars fight-filled game in Boston, and have fought each other multiple times.

So it was Thornton that again dropped gloves with Barch and won the decision over the Florida tough guy in his first game after moving to the Panthers from the Starts organization this week.

I didn't see it. I really didn't, I still haven't seen it. I just saw Paille laying there and obviously the type of team we are, I'm going to err on the side of sticking up for him, said Thornton. I mean, if it was a clean hit, then it was a clean hit. But if it wasn't, I'm glad we got in there. Guys like me and Gregory Campbell are going to step up if one of our teammates is laying there.

If Paille is lost with a concussion or other head injury, its expected that Jordan Caron will jump into the lineup with the Bs fourth line after skating in their 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game


Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will have a good-luck charm of sorts on their side before they take on the Steelers for the AFC Championship.

Former Patriots linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champ Tedi Bruschi will serve as an honorary captain Sunday, taking the field for the pre-game coin toss with Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Matthew Slater. Tom Brady is the team's fourth active captain, though, he rarely participates in the coin toss. 

"With an undefeated record in games that we have honored him, I can't think of a more perfect player to serve as honorary captain this Sunday," team chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick, and he has lived up to that nickname with an 8-0 record in games where he has been a part of the Patriots celebration."

Bruschi is 2-0 as an honorary captain in AFC Championship Games, taking part in the pre-game festivities in the conference title games in both 2012 and 2015. Bruschi was last at Gillette Stadium as an honorary captain back in Week 13, when the Patriots took on the Rams and celebrated the franchise's Super Bowl XXXVI victory back in 2002.