The NHL has suspended Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille four games for his hit on Stars forward Ray Sawada in last night’s game.
"Paille delivered a lateral hit where the principal point of contact was his opponent's head," said Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. "Additionally, the injury suffered by the Dallas player was a factor in this decision."
Paille received a major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit in the second period of last night’s 6-3 victory by the Bruins, a fight-filled game that saw a total of 91 penalty minutes assessed.
The suspension will cost Paille $23,118 in salary.
Sawada, called up to Dallas from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Wednesday, suffered a broken nose and sprained shoulder on the hit, according to Stars coach Marc Crawford.
Sawada was scheduled to fly back to Dallas to be evaluated by doctors along with forward Adam Burish and Krys Barch, who were also injured in the game.
Burish has been placed on injured reserve and the Stars have recalled Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars. Travis Morin is also expected to rejoin the team in Philadelphia later today. The Stars are also trying to recall Colton Sceviour, but he may not be able to join the team due to travel issues because of the weather. If the Stars are unable to bring Sceviour up they may have to use 11 forwards and 7 defenseman in Saturday’s game against the Flyers.
Also missing from the Dallas lineup are forwards Jamie Benn (shoulder), Tom Wandell (shoulder) and Toby Petersen (leg).