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Video: Bruins’ Paille knocked out of game by Sabres’ McCabe

Apr 12, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins could be headed into the postseason a bit more banged up than they hoped.

Bruins forward Daniel Paille was knocked out of their 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Paille was put down on the ice after a big hit at the blue line by Sabres rookie defenseman Jake McCabe.

McCabe was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct. Paille was led off the ice straight to the locker room where he did not return. Bruins coach Claude Julien did not offer an update on Paille after the game. Paille missed time with a concussion back in early March and suffered from concussion-like symptoms in December.

The debate here is if this hit was worthy of a major penalty. The better debate might be whether it was worth a penalty at all. Have a look:

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Huge and clean hit. Right in to the body. I’m so tired of all these big market commentators claiming every hit is high. Man up and call it how it was. He hit him square in the chest. Hit him high? Get out of here with that BS.

    • shortsxit34 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      What big market commentators? The NESN crew straight up said it was a clean hit.

      • sjsharks66 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        After they said it was a high hit?

      • shortsxit34 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        They didn’t say it was a high hit. They asked, “Was it a high hit?,” before watching the replays. They watched the hit from several angles and both said it wasn’t. They also looked to see if the head was targeted or if the hit was late, which they both agreed it wasn’t.

      • sjsharks66 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Thanks for clearing that up Killerpgh. To bad even with proof they will still claim we are wrong. :D

      • thesportsjudge - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        @sjsharks66…..What exactly did Killerpgh clear up?

    • ironmd778 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Did you even watch the whole clip?? What the hell are you talking about?

      • killerpgh - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        At the 1:00 mark Edwards says its the 3rd hit to the head Paille has received this year. At 1:19 Bickley (I think) says “the finish is a little bit high”. So when the video is 1:34 minute long what video are you watching that give you the impression that they called it a clean hit? It’s not the video posted here.

    • bbgraf08 - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Watch the whole video, you are making yourself look stupid. Brickley clearly makes the argument that this was not a bad hit.

    • slysipops - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      could you expect anything else from the NESN crew? the only bunch worse are on ROOT tv with the PENS !

    • shortsxit34 - Apr 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      That video didn’t prove anything. It only included part of the conversation and doesn’t include the part of the conversation that I clearly mentioned. Find the entire clip and you’ll see what everyone is talking about.

    • profootballcaulk - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Gotta agree

  2. thesportsjudge - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Didn’t look like interference/any penalty, really. Look at that loser Scott holding Campbell’s arm back in the ensuing scrum.

  3. strictlythedanks - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Psh good hit, dude got ejected for that????

    ridiculous, this is hockey people

  4. thomasvanek - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    I’m trying to not be biased, but that looks like a clean hit to me. Not even a minor should have been called.

  5. terrier92 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Clean hit no penalty. Assessed penalty because game was over. Hockey is a tough game to play if you are trying to avoid getting hurt. Better to go 110 % all the time. The regular season cant end fast enough for me. Go Bruins

  6. djshnooks - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    What a joke this league is becoming.

    Dude got completely stood up, leveled in the chest…and McCabe gets tossed?

    And the loser Scott, huh? Where does he rank amongst cheap shot artists like Thornton, Lucic, Marchand, Chara?

    I hope Boston gets f***ing demolished and left for dead on the ice in the playoffs. Every single one of them! #BostonWeak

    And go ahead with the Sabres jokes…EVERYONE expected this! Lol.

    • bruins18 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Umm boston getting demolished in the playoffs….your sabers just got lit up 4-1 sit down and shut up smh… And I agree it was a bad call clean hit but you sir are an idiot @djshnooks

      • amityvillefun - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        DJShnooks needs anger management and a psychiatrist.

        “And the loser Scott, huh? Where does he rank amongst cheap shot artists like Thornton, Lucic, Marchand, Chara?”

        The difference between Scott and the Bruins you mention is the fact that they can actually play the game. Scott has zero talent outside of fighting.

        The ones that will be “left for dead” will be the Sabres sitting and watching the playoffs yet again from the sidelines. No wonder Miller wanted out of Buffalo so badly. The fans and team both suck.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      #BostonWeak…sigh. You are aware the anniversary of that tragedy is in a few days. You are classless.

      • thesportsjudge - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        LOVE getting the old thumbs down for defending the Marathon incident. PHT has some interesting characters. Oh, right, it must be because I called the commenter “classless” for making a mockery out of said incident.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Get help, buddy.

    • nunan - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Do you watch hockey?

    • spitfisher - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Where does he rank amongst cheap shot artists like Thornton, Lucic, Marchand, Chara?

      Some one doesn’t watch hockey ,much do they?

  7. joey4id - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Terrible call! Interference?????????? According what the NHL describes as “puck possession” in the rule book, this was not interference.

  8. hockeyforce - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    WAAH! Boo Hoo the Bruins are blah blah blah…your team stinks and John Scott can’t skate. Oh noes! The big market announcers, blah blah blah…maybe next year chumps

  9. ironmd778 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Bruins fan for 40+ years. No idea why that was a penalty and game misconduct. Ridiculous. It was a rock solid hit. This league cannot figure out how to ref these games. What a joke of a call.

  10. statsdolie - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Textbook clean hard hit to the body

  11. mc321984 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    The officiating in this game was so one sided as evidence by calls like this

  12. mc321984 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Amityville has a small peepee!

  13. hockeyforce - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Congrats Buffalo, the City of Champ…,oh wait, you invented marinated chicken wings. Just annex yourself to Canada: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eddf45gdeg/no-4-buffalo/

  14. muckleflugga - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    hit good unlucky outcome

    in spite of the grievous tragedy, boston does not claim franchise in usage of the term strong … frankly, i call into question the volume of that effort as an instrument of propaganda exploited to profit by red sox particularly

    wallowing in other people’s misfortune … it’s ghoulish

    better to spend the energy and the billions already spent by the nsa to stop terrorists from wandering freely down the streets in front of policeman too busy watching the marathon itself

    they couldn’t even find them after the fact … the dallas police look competent in contrast

  15. billsin20xx - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Too bad the ref’s can’t get called in for a disciplinary hearing and suspended for call like this!

    • spitfisher - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      or sent down to the AHL for a few games!

  16. bleedrangerblue - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    @spitfisher. Spot on dude. They are the kings of cheap shots. The hit on Daniel was totally clean by the way. F””k I hate the bruins..

  17. spitfisher - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Hate the bruins all you want. they are a big team, they play big and some are tough to move out of the way……But cheap shots?????C’mon really, have you ever watched a bruins game?

  18. hockeyflow33 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Clean hockey play

  19. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Hope he’s okay. The hit was fine, he was just leaning way forward and caught his head low. Fast game out there, accidents happrn.

  20. tougie24 - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Bruins fan, was at the game yesterday, thought it was a clean hit then, and watching it back it definitely was. The refs made a few questionable calls against both teams yesterday, but Buffalo certainly didn’t get any favors from the refs.

    And anyone criticizing the commentators, get over yourselves. Brick said it was “a little bit high, but not a targeted hit”. He’s not saying McCabe deserved to be ejected, and certainly not penalized. So quit whining.

  21. slysipops - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    the missed calls or out of wack calls by the refs have really gotten bad this year . why ?? isn’t there a school for refs anymore ? or has the game just gotten too fast for the officials ?

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