Bruins react to Paille's hit; Hamill called up


Bruins react to Paille's hit; Hamill called up

By DannyPicard

BOSTON -- Daniel Paille received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his hit to the head of Dallas Stars forward Raymond Sawada in the second period of Boston's 6-3 win on Thursday night.

Paille came over the middle and came up high on Sawada.

Bruins coach Claude Julien came to the support of Paille after the game, saying that it wasn't intentional, and that a possible decision by the league to suspend Paille is up for debate.

"I looked at the hit. I know that certainly wasn't intentional or anything," said Julien. "Sawada came through the slot, he had lost the puck and was reaching for it, so he was a little low. There's an argument to be made there. And that's why there's lots of meetings about that stuff, as far as, whose responsibility is it? At one point, I don't know if Dan could have stopped or if he could have done something different.

"I'm going to let the league look at it. I'm going to certainly support my player."

With Marc Savard currently out of the lineup with his second concussion in less than a year, thanks to an illegal hit from Matt Cooke last season, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference didn't necessarily take the same stance, admitting after the game that it was a high hit.

"I mean, it's a bad hit, right? That's what they're trying to get rid of, and you can't be a hypocrite and complain about it when it happens to you and say it's fine when your teammate does it," said Ference. "So it is a hit that they're trying to get rid of."

A postgame announcement that forward Zach Hamill has been called up from Providence seemed as if it was related to Paille's hit, with the Bruins making a preemptive move knowing that a suspension was looming.

Julien shot that idea down after the game, however, saying that he had known about the Hamill call-up earlier in the day, saying that Hamill and Paille have "no relation."

"He's been playing really well," said Julien of Hamill "He's really, in the last month, his game's been outstanding. We certainly want to give him a shot. And I think coming in is going to give him that opportunity."

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Pastrnak's third-period goal gives Bruins their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over Pens


Pastrnak's third-period goal gives Bruins their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over Pens

BOSTON – The Bruins always hope to give their fans something good in their annual matinee on the day after Thanksgiving, and that was the case Friday.

They got off on the right foot with a great first period, then finished with an electric breakaway from David Pastrnak in the third period, and posted an entertaining, solid 4-3 win over the back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season was the game-winner. The Penguins had battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and tied the score, then Pastrnak was freed up by a brilliant neutral-zone pass from Riley Nash. He sped in all alone and flipped the puck over Matt Murray’s glove hand at 5:06 of the third.

David Krejci and Sean Kuraly had opened things up with goals in the first period, as the B's outshot the Penguins by a 14-4 margin. But Sidney Crosby and the Pens answered back in the second with three goals of their own, including a controversial game-tying score from Sid the Kid after Boston had moved ahead 3-1 on a goal from Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk.

The Crosby goal came after it appeared the refs had called play dead with a whistle as the puck sat on Anton Khudobin’s waist in the crease. It also appeared to have been goalie interference, as Crosby’s stick had made contact with Khudobin while the puck was in mid-air. But on replay the officials overturned the call of no-goal on the ice, and the score was tied 3-3 after two.

That set things up for Pastrnak, who snapped a five-game goal-scoring stretch, and handed the red-hot Bruins their season-high fourth win in a row.

Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear


Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while anticpating the turkey leftovers, ready for the taking.
-- NHL referee Wes McCauley is at it again, this time going with a fun no-goal call after having some trouble with his microphone.
-- After getting humbled on Opening Night by the Bruins, the Nashville Predators are starting to get on a roll.

-- NBC Pro Hockey Talk has Kyle Turris excelling for the Predators, and Matt Duchene very much still stuck in neutral for the Ottawa Senators.

-- NHL stars go through their favorite traditions, and what they enjoy is a game that’s full of routine, superstition and tradition.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro says “it looks rotten” with the Edmonton Oilers as they continue to struggle out of the starting gate.
-- Larry Brooks goes through an all-time ranking of the general managers for the New York Rangers, and it’s an illustrious list.

-- The Vegas Golden Knights could make the playoffs in their very first season, and are absolutely far ahead of expectations for a new expansion team.
-- For something completely different: Wild turkeys are making a major comeback in Massachusetts after being all but extinct here.