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Bruins forward Daniel Paille knew this was coming. One day after his blind-side, jaw-smacking hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada, Paille was suspended for four games by the NHL on Friday.
“I felt that it was a clean hit. It’s too bad, I know that most of the guys in the room would disagree with that. … It’s understandable with how the issue is right now with those types of hits, but I know that a lot of the guys on the team here know me and understand me and agree with me,” said Paille on Friday.
The league also fined Paille more than $23,000 for his illegal check on Sawada. The Globe reported that Sawada suffered a broken nose and separated shoulder as a result of the hit.
“It was a bad hit,” Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference told reporters after the game. “We can’t be hypocrites when your own team does a hit like that which the league is trying to get rid of.”
In anticipation of the suspension, the Bruins called up Zach Hammill from Providence.
The Bruins won two fights and beat the Stars 6-3 on Thursday night.