Florida’s Krystofer Barch collided with Paille early in the first period and the Bruins forward did not return. After the hit he lay on the ice for a few moments and was tended to by team trainer Scott Waugh. Paille skated off on his own but did not return.
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“It was unfortunate that he got hit like that,” said Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. “It was good to see Thorty step up and handle [business]. It’s nice to see when guy goes down like that his teammates are there to back him up.”
Paille suffered a serious facial injury against the New York Islanders on Nov. 7 at the Garden and needed surgery to repair a broke nose after he was hit in the face by a slap shot.
He missed only three games and when he returned he wore a full cage to protect his face. On Thursday, it was his second game without the cage.
Boychuk spoke after the game about Campbell and Thornton standing up for Paille: