BOSTON -- It’s been a difficult season injury-wise for Daniel Paille.
On Nov. 7, Paille suffered a broken nose when he took a shot in the face from Islanders defenseman Steve Staios. Paille would miss three games before returning while wearing a protective facemask. Then, after taking the mask off, Paille took a hit from Panthers forward Kris Barch last Thursday and suffered a mild concussion, forcing him out of Saturday night's game at Columbus. Paille returned for the Bruins’ 3-0 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night and is ready for the injury streak to stop.
“Hopefully that’s over now, and we can focus on just playing consistently every night and hopefully no more injuries come up,” Paille said.
Paille said he felt no postconcussion symptoms, but had to get over the mental hurdle of taking that first hit.
“I was waiting to get that first hit and just know I was OK and I was fine once I did,” Paille said. “As the game went on, I felt more confident and was OK.”
Paille joked that a friend of his, Kings captain Dustin Brown, laid the first hit on him, allowing him to know he was fine.
“It was someone I knew that hit me, but he’s a well-known hitter,” Paille said with a laugh. “I told him, 'Thanks, I needed that.' So it was good.”