SUNRISE FL - DECEMBER 27: Daniel Paille #20 of the Boston Bruins warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers on December 27 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Daniel Paille Suspended Four Games For Blind Side Hit On Raymond Sadawa

Daniel Paille has been suspended four games for his blind-side hit to the head on the Stars' Raymond Sadawa. He'll lose more than $23,000 as a result.

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Daniel Paille Says Hit Was Shoulder-To-Shoulder, Apparently Watched Different Video

There are some things in life that are just true. There are 50 states in America, ants never sleep (seriously, look it up), Rick DiPietro is made of glass. These are facts that aren't up for debate.

Another one of these facts? Daniel Paille's shoulder hit Raymond Sawada in the face on Thursday night. It earned him a four-game suspension. How can we prove this is fact? Well there is video of the incident, and that provides a pretty clear open-and-shut case. But if that doesn't convince you, just look at Sawada's injuries.

He broke his nose on the play. How does one break their nose if their nose isn't broken by something? I'm sitting here typing right now. Should I worry about my nose breaking? No, of course not. You get the point.

Clearly, Paille does not. Here's what he told the media today after learning of his suspension, via WEEI.

"It was a fast-paced play. I just recognized that Sawata was going on a breakaway, and I just went over to backcheck and get the puck, but he cut back to the middle," Paille said following Bruins' practice Friday. "If you look the play, I'm ahead of him when I hit him, and I felt that I hit his shoulder at that moment. Looking at the replay I felt that he kind of turned towards me so I wouldn't my check. I felt that I hit him in the the shoulder at first."     

When asked about the comments of Andrew Ference, his teammate, who said that you can't be hypocritical about hits like this, Paille said:

"I think that to who said it, if that's what they see, that's their opinion, but for me, 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.

"Just looking at the replay over and over I see the shoulder hitting the shoulder and then just kind of tagging along. I won't focus too much on those guys and just get the support from everyone else."

Yes, he blamed the culture. He blamed "how the issue is right now with those types of hits." Why can't we just admit it when we break a rule? 


Bruins' Daniel Paille Suspended Four Games For Blind Side Hit On Stars' Raymond Sadawa

We knew that Daniel Paille of the Boston Bruins would be suspended for his Thursday night hit on the Stars' Raymond Sadawa. The only question surrounded the length of that suspension. Today, we know.

After a hearing this morning with Paille, the NHL has suspended him four games for the hit. He'll miss games against San Jose, Montreal and two against Detroit, which puts his return on February 15 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He'll forfeit $23,118.28.

Let's look at the hit one more time.

Paille received a major penalty for an illegal check to the head, which in adherence to the new Rule 48, comes with an automatic game misconduct. 

There really isn't much debate about this one. It's a blind-side where the head is the principal point of contact, exactly as the new Rule 48 says. It is kind of ironic, though, that the high-profile incident that led to the creation of that rule came against the Bruins a year ago, when Marc Savard was crushed by Matt Cooke. Savard is still suffering the symptoms of that hit. 

To their credit, the Bruins and their fans aren't, for the most part, being hypocritical about this. Here's what Andrew Ference of the team said last night after the game, as told to the Boston Herald.

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

"I talked to Danny and he feels bad. It's tough, that backchecking forward, to make those kind of hits. It's so hard to do it in a clean fashion, with the new rules. It is what it is. He hurt the guy, and I'm sure he'll have a conversation."

Sadawa suffered a broken nose and a separated shoulder on the play. He was only in the lineup thanks to other injuries in the Stars' lineup, which Defending Big D detailed.

Sawada was in the lineup because Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell both have shoulder injuries. Before that Toby Petersen went on IR with a foot injury. Travis Morin had been re-called because of all of that but collapsed (fainted?) at the airport before departing for Boston and was kept in Dallas for a check up.

That's a lot of crazy arsed circumstances to end up where Sawada was on Thursday night.

He ended up the hospital. Here's to hoping he'll be okay, and here's to hoping that someday in the near future, players can learn to hold up in these situations. 

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