BOSTON -- After being hit in the face by a slap shot during Monday night's 6-2 win over the New York Islanders at TD Garden, Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille was sent to be examined by a specialist.
"The puck hit him in the face, in the nose area, so we'll probably know more tomorrow once he's seen by a specialist," said Bruins coach Claude Julien.
Early in the third period, Islanders defenseman Steve Staios took a slap shot from the right point and the puck hit Paille in the face. He fell to the ice and was quickly tended to by team trainers and doctors just inside the blue line near the Boston bench.
After a couple of minutes he was able to skate off on his own and went directly to the locker room, holding a towel over his face. He did not return.
"It was a scary moment," said Bruins forward Milan Lucic. "The puck kind of jumped on Staios and it's one of those times where it's good (Paille) had a face shield on. We saw him before he went for his X-ray and it was good to see him walking around and fine after that. He now has a nose like mine."
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.