RALEIGH, N.C. It might have taken longer than expected, but Daniel Paille finally scored his first goal of the 2010-11 season, leaving Adam McQuaid as the only Bruins regular without a goal.
Paille opened the scoring in the second period when he tipped a Zdeno Chara slapper past Carolina All-Star goaltender Cam Ward. It was his first goal in 25 games, dating back to April of last season.
It hasnt been the easiest of seasons for Paille as hes been a healthy scratch on many occasions and a victim of inconsistent playing time, but the winger seems to find a good groove when coach Claude Julien is able to find ice time for him.
With Marc Savard out indefinitely, it would appear Paille has a place in the lineup on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell for the time being and hes beginning to take advantage of it, with a goal and 4 assists in 24 games.
Thats the kind of goals that Dan can score for us because hes quick, hes capable of getting there and hes a strong enough kid to hold his position there, said Julien. It was nice to see him get rewarded there, and I think thatll be good for his confidence.
The hotel workers in Raleigh at the Bruins team hotel gave Mark Recchi a chocolate birthday cake for his 43rd birthday on Tuesday another milestone for the oldest player currently still skating in the NHL and the winger made sure to bring the cake with him onto the bus and team charter to share with his teammates.
Recchi celebrated by dining on Monday night with teammates, including Tyler Seguin, who turned 19 on Sunday.
Rex marveled at the fact he can still play the game he loves and the highest level as he turns 43, and was more than happy to celebrate it with the youngest guy on the team.
Its amazing to still be playing. I never ever imagined would last this long, said Recchi. And I love to help young guys. I had some great guys help me when I was youngster.
Milan Lucic had his first fight since October when he dropped the gloves with Carolina defenseman Jay Harrison after a little pushing and shoving in front of the Hurricanes net.
Mark Stuart was the healthy scratch for a Bruins team that found a cohesive six-man defense unit while he was out with a broken right hand. It was the fourth straight game he was a healthy scratch.
Hockey sources indicated to CSNNE.com over the weekend that Stuart is being sought after on the trade front, and it could be only a matter of time before hes dealt in a pure salary cap clearing move in anticipation of another deal on the way.
Julien said it was all about the six defensemen playing at a high level currently, and that includes McQuaid supplanting Stuart as a tough, physical presence around the Boston net in a bottom D pairing.
I dont think its a reflection of his play any more than its what the other six guys have given us, said Julien. Anybody thats watched us knows that the tandem has played well and been pretty steady. For the most part the pairs have been reliable, and for the most part its a numbers game and hes been a victim of that.
When youre in a numbers game you just bite the bullet a little bit and eventually things will work out. I know its not easy for him. To his credit hes always been a team-first guy, and as much as he wants to be in there and wants to play, he also doesnt want to disrupt whats going in the room. Hes not thinking about No. 1. Hes thinking about team and whats best for it, and thats a credit to him.