Stitched-up Paille feeling lucky

BOSTON -- Less than 24 hours after being hit in the neck by an opponent’s skate blade and needing stitches, Boston Bruins forward Danile Paille is fine and feeling relieved that it wasn't much worse.

Paille was involved in a scary collision with the Maple Leafs’ Leo Komarov in front of the Bruins’ bench during his first shift of the game. Paille immediately grabbed his neck and went to the bench. Bruins’ team physical therapist Scott Waugh quickly worked on Paille and fortunately he was fine and did not miss a shift.

“It was the first shift and I kind of tumbled to the ice, and at the same time a player on Toronto did as well,” Paille said Monday prior to Game 7. “I think the boot hit my neck, my face in general. I just count myself lucky and fortunate that it wasn’t any worse. I got a few stitches, so it wasn’t too serious.”