WILMINGTON -- Daniel Paille has been on the ice skating with the Bruins over the last three days, and that’s a sigh of relief for a player who missed the final period of play in Boston’s last game against Ottawa.
Paille said he collided with Chris Neil and was kept out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons in Boston’s blowout win over the Senators.
“It was just an unfortunate incident,” said Paille. “I had a little bit of pain, and they weren’t sure where it was coming from. So they took me out as a precaution.”
But the fourth-line left winger was free to work out, travel to Boca with his family, and enjoy the Olympic break before heading back to Boston last weekend. Now a healthy, rested, rejuvenated Paille and the rest of the Bruins are looking forward to the final 25 games of the season prior to the playoffs.
“The break was good,' said Paille, who had 8 goals and 13 points along with a plus-7 in 50 games prior to the break. “Everybody was rested, and when we came back in everybody felt better. We had good momentum going into the Olympics, and we want to carry that in coming out of the break. These last three days really been good, and we’re a refreshed group.”
Paille, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell have been able to practice as a line together over the last three days in Wilmington, and that should give them a leg up on everybody else. The other three B’s forward lines all have at least one component missing with David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson out for the Olympics. That will leave Paille and the refreshed Merlot line ahead of everybody else when