BOSTON -- Daniel Paille received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his hit to the head of Dallas Stars forward Raymond Sawada in the second period of Boston's 6-3 win on Thursday night.
Paille came over the middle and came up high on Sawada.
Bruins coach Claude Julien came to the support of Paille after the game, saying that it wasn't intentional, and that a possible decision by the league to suspend Paille is up for debate.
"I looked at the hit. I know that certainly wasn't intentional or anything," said Julien. "Sawada came through the slot, he had lost the puck and was reaching for it, so he was a little low. There's an argument to be made there. And that's why there's lots of meetings about that stuff, as far as, whose responsibility is it? At one point, I don't know if Dan could have stopped or if he could have done something different.
"I'm going to let the league look at it. I'm going to certainly support my player."
With Marc Savard currently out of the lineup with his second concussion in less than a year, thanks to an illegal hit from Matt Cooke last season, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference didn't necessarily take the same stance, admitting after the game that it was a high hit.
"I mean, it's a bad hit, right? That's what they're trying to get rid of, and you can't be a hypocrite and complain about it when it happens to you and say it's fine when your teammate does it," said Ference. "So it is a hit that they're trying to get rid of."
A postgame announcement that forward Zach Hamill has been called up from Providence seemed as if it was related to Paille's hit, with the Bruins making a preemptive move knowing that a suspension was looming.
Julien shot that idea down after the game, however, saying that he had known about the Hamill call-up earlier in the day, saying that Hamill and Paille have "no relation."
"He's been playing really well," said Julien of Hamill "He's really, in the last month, his game's been outstanding. We certainly want to give him a shot. And I think coming in is going to give him that opportunity."
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