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.

Syracuse uses late 99-yard drive to beat UConn, 31-24


Syracuse uses late 99-yard drive to beat UConn, 31-24

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Syracuse receiver Amba Etta-Tawo is making the most of his final year of college eligibility.

The graduate transfer from Maryland caught 12 passes for a school-record 270 yards and two touchdowns and the Orange beat UConn 31-24 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing skid.

Etta-Tawo scored twice in the game's first five minutes on touchdown receptions of 57 and 30 yards. His 59-yard catch from the shadow of his team's goal line highlighted a 12-play 99-yard fourth-quarter drive that put the game away for the Orange (2-2).

It was his fourth straight game with at least 100 yards receiving.

"It goes back to chemistry with the quarterback and the coaches trusting me," Etta-Tawo said. "They trust that I'll make the plays and they keep on giving me opportunities to make the plays."

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey completed 26 of 40 passes for 407 yards and those two scores. He also scored on a 6-yard run to complete the length-of the field drive.

"We had to do it," said Etta-Tawo. "We had to drive down the field and try to put the game out, and that's exactly what we did. Everybody dug in, dug a little deeper."

Noel Thomas had 14 receptions for 111 yards for UConn (2-2). Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome ran for 81 yards and a touchdown.

It took Syracuse just 51 seconds on its first drive and 92 seconds on its second for Dungey and Etta-Tawo to make it 14-0. Etta-Tawo had five catches for 115 yards in the first quarter.

"I think he's already passed his previous career high as a collegian in the first four games with us, (more than) his whole entire career he had at the other school," coach Dino Babers said. "I think, if you asked him, I think he might have made a good choice (to transfer)."

The Huskies responded by scoring twice in the second quarter and for the second straight week, the Orange couldn't hold the early double-digit lead.

"We can't just go up 14-0, 17-0 in the beginning of the game and then put ourselves back in a dog fight," said linebacker Zaire Franklin, who was in on 14 tackles. "Some of these games we've got to have it over by the beginning of the second quarter."

Cordell Hudson pickup off a tipped pass from UConn quarterback Bryant Shirreffs and ran 22-yards down the left sideline for a touchdown that gave the Orange a 24-17 lead. It was just the second interception for the Orange this season.

The Huskies had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter after holder Tyler Davis, a former high school quarterback, hit tight end Tommy Myers with a 17-yard pass on a fake field goal to set the Huskies up at the Syracuse 8-yard line.

But Syracuse's defense held, and linebacker Franklin stopped Shirreffs on a fourth-and goal from the 2-yard line with just over 6 minutes left. The Orange marched the length of the field to put the game away.

"Going back, I would probably buy some more time and throw it to the back of the end zone," said Shirreffs, who threw a 24-yard touchdown to Davis with 33 seconds left to make the final score close. "I came up short. The linebacker made a good play and I didn't."