Paille breaks nose on Islanders' Staios' slapper

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Paille breaks nose on Islanders' Staios' slapper

BOSTON -- Daniel Paille left the ice a bloody mess after a gruesome set of events in the third period Monday, but it appears he dodged any true horrific injuries.

Paille raced toward Islanders defenseman Steve Staios to block a shot at the left point in the third period of Bostons 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders, and went down in a heap after the sizzling slapper caught him in the face. The sound heard from the press box indicated that the helmet and visor took some of the impact from Staios hard shot, and Patrice Bergeron revealedto Versus Sports in atelevision postgame interviewfollowing the win the fourth line winger had suffered a broken nose.

Coach Claude Julien said Paille would be meeting with a specialist about the injury, and gave no indication how much time if any hes expected to miss with the grisly facial injury.The bloody mask and visor left behind on the bench along with the pool of blood on the frozen sheet set a truly awful-looking scene, but it appears that could have been a lot worse for Paille.

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