BOSTON – Daniel Paille got an early start to his Olympic break, but probably not the way that he wanted to.
The fourth line winger missed a shift in the first period when he left the bench with an unknown ailment, and then was held out of the third period of Boston’s 7-2 drubbing of the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.
Brad Marchand took the majority of the shifts with the other Merlot Line member in Paille’s place, and Bruins coach Claude Julien had little additional information about the missing left winger following the game’s conclusion.
“[It was] more a cautious thing. We just took him out,” said Claude Julien. “Our trainers thought it was best for him to not come out in the third, but he’ll be fine when we get back, from what I hear.
“They [medical staff] just came up and told me they were looking at him, and then they came back and said we’re going to keep him off for the third.”
The timing was fortunate for Paille as it came in the middle of a blowout win for the Black and Gold, and now he’s got almost two weeks to rest and recover from the issue before practice begins again for Boston on Feb. 20. Paille finished with a minus-1 in 6:37 of ice time in the win, and was actually moving around free and easily with speed and gusto before whatever malady befell him in the second period.
Paille missed eight games and 19 days with the effects of a concussion suffered back in December, but there was no reason to believe his latest injury was in any way connected with that issue.