Paille (eye) returns to Bruins practice


Paille (eye) returns to Bruins practice

WILMINGTON, MA It was a close call, but Daniel Paille didnt look too much worse for the wear on Monday.

The fourth line winger took a high-stick to the left eye area in last weeks loss to the Buffalo Sabres, and didnt make the trip to Toronto last weekend. But Paille returned to practice on Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and said that he was feeling pretty good.

He took part in most of practice, but Paille did skip the three-on-three battle drills to avoid taking another stick to the eye area.

There were still some marks around his eye area where the stick had found its way under his visor, and Paille revealed that he hasnt been cleared by the Bruins medical staff quite yet.

I dont feel too bad after a couple of days off. At first I was a bit worried about what could happen to my eye, but luckily it wasnt anything too serious, said Paille, who has a goal and three assists in seven games. They wanted to let me rest for a couple of days and heal. Hopefully Ill play Wednesday, but well see. Its a goal for me to see if I can play.

It was a little bit of worry, I guess, but as the days went by I saw everything perfectly clear. The eye exams went off very well. The docs are just telling me to be aware and to be careful with it. Everything else with my face is okay.

After skating in the Buffalo game with third line forward Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly, Paille was back skating on the fourth line with Jamie Tardif and Lane MacDermid at Mondays practice. Claude Julien said that Paille hasnt been ruled out for Wednesday nights game against the Montreal Canadiens, and that will likely come down to getting the proper medical clearance.

Paille is doing fine. The doctors havent cleared him yet, but you saw him skating today, said Julien. Right now there is nobody thats a definite no moving forward here for the next game against Montreal. But well be making those decisions tomorrow.

With Shawn Thornton out and Brad Marchand still a question mark for the midweek game against the Canadiens, an addition of Paille could bring a nice lift to the Black and Gold lineup.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 


Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.