No hesitation in Paille's return from head injury

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No hesitation in Paille's return from head injury

Daniel Paille joked that he ran himself into the boards a couple of times to make sure he was ready to return from a mild concussion that might not have been a concussion at all. Any and all symptoms abated almost immediately following the Krys Barch hit against the Florida Panthers last week. The fourth line winger missed only one before jumping back in on Tuesday night.

Paille didnt factor into the scoring in Bostons 3-0 whitewashing of a sorry Los Angeles Kings bunch, but he brought exactly what Claude Julien was looking for before placing him back in the lineup: penalty-killing excellence and the kind of energy that quick feet and a willingness to do the dirty work provide.

For a guy thats had a slap shot crush his nose into a bloody mess, suffered a mild concussion when the Florida enforcer took a run at him and has been battling a head cold for the better part of two weeks, Paille hopes this is a permanent return to good health and more importantly good luck.

Hopefully thats over now, and we can focus on just playing consistently every night, said Paille, when asked about the neurological testing and normal concussion rigmarole that players must endure to get back on the ice. And hopefully no more injuries come up."

Its just been unfortunate bounces. Whether its been their own teammates, or something like that. With my concussion, Ive just got to be aware of my surroundings around me. I think the leagues done a good job.

Paille joked that he was going to run into the boards because he hadnt really been tested for contact during a light Monday skate with his teammates and a Tuesday morning session leading up to Kings game. He passed his Monday neuro-psych test with flying colors, and got the contact he was looking for when he was drilled by Dustin Brown in the first period.

Paille bounced right off the body contact and then got Brown back by sending him flying later on in the same shift. As luck would have it that was Pailles first shift of the game with Shawn Thornton and Zach Hamill, and the 27-year-old was off and running for the rest of the evening.

Part of the decision to play Paille was locked into Juliens desire to avoid playing two rookies (Hamill and Jordan Caron) on the Bs fourth line. Paille managed that with his 19 shifts along with his 2:32 of short-handed ice team that aided the Bs greatly in holding the Kings to an 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

Hes been feeling good for a couple of days and once he was cleared he was ready to go, said Julien. We needed a little bit of experience in our line-up with Zach Hamill coming in, so it was good timing on his part.

Paille said he thanked Brown, an infamously intense hitter within the NHL, for the jarring body shot because it let him know that he was officially free to skate without hesitation. So its back to work for one of Bostons grinders with the hope that the hockey gods smile upon him a little more brightly for the rest of the season.

Bruins score early, Rask holds strong in 4-1 win over Predators

Bruins score early, Rask holds strong in 4-1 win over Predators

BOSTON – The Bruins needed to follow up last weekend’s win over the Islanders if they truly wanted it to be a turning point, and they followed up in victorious fashion on Tuesday night.

The Bruins scored a pair of goals early and then hung on for dear life behind a strong return effort from Tuukka Rask in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden. Rask stopped 24-of-25 shots for his 34th win of the season and looked both rested and recharged after taking last weekend off from on-ice action.

The win gives the Bruins two in a row, and improves their record under Bruce Cassidy at the Garden to a dominant 8-3 in 11 games.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring just a couple of minutes into the game when he knocked home the rebound of a Zdeno Chara point blast from long distance, and scored his 18th goal of the season. Boston’s other frontline center, David Krejci, scored 10 minutes later after taking a slick entry pass from David Pastrnak and beating Pekka Rinne five-hole.

Rask made 15 saves in the first two periods including an excellent stop on Viktor Arvidsson following a David Backes turnover on the half-wall in the second period, but the Preds finally busted through in the final period. Craig Smith tipped home a Roman Josi point shot that squeezed through Rask’s leg pads, and both Rask and the Bruins scrambled and scrapped their way through while clinging to a one-goal advantage late in the game.

A 3-on-1 odd-man rush late in the game led to Riley Nash feeding Rhode Island native Noel Acciari for his first career NHL goal in his 43rd game with the Black and Gold. 

Bruins recall McIntyre on emergency basis, but perhaps not for Rask

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Bruins recall McIntyre on emergency basis, but perhaps not for Rask

UPDATE: The Boston Herald reports McIntyre is with the team as a replacement for Anton Khudobin, who is said to be suffering from a minor injury, and not Tuukka Rask, and that Rask will start as scheduled against Nashville.

BOSTON -- Even though he's been proclaiming himself healthy and able for the last two days, Tuukka Rask may not be as ready to go as everybody thought.

The Bruins announced a couple of hours prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Nashville Predators that rookie goalie Zane McIntyre had been recalled on an emergency basis. He spent the weekend with the team in the same capacity, filling in for Rask while Rask battled a lower body injury.

So the logical assumption is that something has recurred that will prevent Rask -- who on Tuesday night told interim coach Bruce Cassidy he was ready -- from playing tonight.

Rask is 8-8 with a 2.91 goals against average and an .892 save percentage since the NHL All-Star break, and gave up five goals in a loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. He missed Saturday's big game vs. the Islanders with a lower body issue that just “popped up.”

We’ll find out for sure during pregame warm-ups, but the only way an emergency recall can be made is if a player is injured or suffering from an illness. Anton Khudobin looked fit as a fiddle while practicing with the Bruins on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, so stay tuned for the latest.