The skates and pads hanging in Daniel Paille’s stall after yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Islanders indicated the bad news: The left wing would not be traveling to New York.
Paille was injured in the third period when he was tripped by Steve Staios. He got to his feet slowly and skated off the ice at 9:01, his left arm tucked against his body, and didn’t return.
The Bruins were already without Nathan Horton (concussion) and Rich Peverley (knee sprain). Now they will be without their fourth-line left wing and regular penalty-killer.
Paille has nine goals and five assists in 59 games while averaging 11 minutes 25 seconds of ice time. Paille, who is averaging 1:19 of shorthanded action per game, usually kills penalties alongside Gregory Campbell.
After the loss, the Bruins recalled Lane MacDermid from Providence on an emergency basis. MacDermid will make his NHL debut today against the Rangers, skating on the fourth line with Campbell and Shawn Thornton.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound MacDermid has four goals, 10 assists, and 106 penalty minutes in 57 games for Providence. The 22-year-old wing, one of the final cuts in training camp, had chemistry with Campbell and Thornton during the preseason.
Because Paille didn’t travel to New York, it’s unlikely he will be available for Tuesday’s game in Toronto.
The Bruins played without Andrew Ference, who was unavailable because of a lower-body injury suffered in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win over New Jersey. Ference also didn’t travel with the team to New York. His availability on Tuesday against Toronto is also in question. Ference has a history of knee and groin injuries.
Boychuk back in
Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a concussion suffered last Saturday in Ottawa.
Boychuk logged 20:24 of ice time, was paired with usual partner Zdeno Chara, and saw most of his shifts against the Islanders’ top line of Matt Moulson, John Tavares, and P.A. Parenteau. Boychuk recorded three shots and four hits, and reported no ill symptoms after the game.
“Just wanted to check the old head out and see how it would feel,’’ said Boychuk, who came out thumping in the first. “It was good to see how you feel right after. They told me if I felt any symptoms just to get off.
“If I have to sit another week, it would be fine because we have enough guys to fill in. But no symptoms at all after warmups. In the first period, same thing, no symptoms. Nothing throughout the whole game.’’
Assuming Boychuk doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he will be back with Chara. They will most likely match up against ace sharpshooter Marian Gaborik today.
“I think the most important thing is the fact that it wasn’t a long-term thing,’’ coach Claude Julien said. “He felt good before the game. He felt good during the game. As far I know, there haven’t been any issues at all. Hopefully that’s the way it’s going to continue.’’
The Bruins went 1 for 5 on the power play after being blanked in their two previous games - against New Jersey and Ottawa. In the first period, with Josh Bailey in the box for slashing, Milan Lucic netted the man-advantage goal from in tight over goalie Evgeni Nabokov. The Bruins had spent most of Friday’s practice working on the power play . . . Brian Rolston played mostly left wing on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Rolston had three shots and one assist in 13:38. It was the most comfortable Rolston has looked in his three games with the Bruins . . . Mike Mottau was the healthy scratch. The Avon native will most likely be out of the lineup against the Rangers . . . Joe Corvo, who landed four shots and assisted on Lucic’s goal, had six shots blocked and missed with three others. He was better defensively than he was against New Jersey Thursday, when he committed a costly turnover that led to a Zach Parise goal . . . Matt Martin led all players with eight hits . . . With help from his father Mike, former Norwood hockey player Mike Brown dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game. Brown was in his new wheelchair, which allows him to be upright. The wheelchair was purchased with help from funds via the Boston Bruins Foundation.