Bergeron, Paille both leave game with injuries

Bergeron, Paille both leave game with injuries
April 12, 2014, 5:45 pm
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BOSTON – It raised a few eyebrows when both Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille weren’t able to finish up Boston’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Bergeron never made an appearance after the second period, and Paille was knocked out of the game in the third period after taking a heavy hit from Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe in front of the Buffalo bench.

It was assumed things with Bergeron might have been precautionary as there didn’t seem to be much of an issue in the first two periods, and the center had already captured his hallmark 30th goal of the season in the middle period. There was also probably a desire to remove No. 37 from a Boston/Buffalo game that was quickly devolving into a gong show on the ice.

It was the second time in his career Bergeron had reached 30 goals, and the first time since scoring 31 goals a lifetime ago in the 2005-06 NHL season.

The news was at least partially good following the game: Bergeron’s issue was “minor” and it didn’t sound like anything to be concerned about.

“[With Bergeron], it’s very minor. With [Daniel Paille], I haven’t had a chance to talk yet to my trainers or to the doctors, so I’ll probably see later on here,” said Julien.

Paille was another matter entirely as he was wobbly getting back to his feet after the hit, and needed assistance getting off the ice and down the tunnel to the Bruins dressing room. Concussions have also been a problem for the fourth line winger this season as he’s already suffered through a couple of them just this season alone, and that could play a factor in how long it takes Paille to fully recover.

Julien said he hadn’t met with his medical staff or trainers when he spoke with the media postgame, and probably wouldn’t have an update on Paille until Sunday. Normal concussion protocol would have Paille out at least a week following Saturday’s game, so the potential is there for the left winger to automatically miss the first two games of the playoffs if his injury is ruled a concussion.