Bruins forward Daniel Paille left Saturday's game after taking a big hit from Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe in the third period, and judging from the bits of information we have on the matter, it does not look good for Bruins fourth-liner.
As always, we await official word from the team or a reporter in regards to the exact nature of the injury. However, with that being said, it's hard not to make the assumption that Paille more than likely suffered a concussion from the hit.
Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe tweeted that David Krejci wasn't optimistic speaking about the injury, and per Claude Julien, there is no official update:
Hate to read into it too much, but David Krejci didn't sound good talking about the Daniel Paille injury. No update on it from Julien.Krejci also added that the incident was "just sad."
— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) April 12, 2014
Like I said, with the footage of Paille going stiff for a split-second and the aftermath of him trying unsuccessfully to skate off under his own power, it's not hard to think that Paille may have suffered his third concussion of the year.
Haggerty also noted that standard concussion protocol would call for Paille to miss at least a week before returning to action, meaning the winger could automatically miss the first two games of the playoffs when they start next week.
The other news of note involved 30-goal man Patrice Bergeron, as he was removed from the game after the second period and did not return for the third period.
The Bruins official twitter account originally did not give a reason as to why Bergeron exited the game.
But according to CSNNE's Joe Haggerty, there seems to be no injury problems with Bergeron, as the issue was "minor" and there is not much to be concerned about.
Chalk it up to the Bruins taking extra caution with their superstar forward in a game that was teetering on the edge of turning into a full-blown brawl sesh with John Scott taking liberties on players in Bruin sweaters.