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A Nice Surprise for the Black & Gold

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- It probably isn't that shocking. After all, Danny Paille is a hockey player. But there he was, on the ice before, during and after morning skate.

Paille's Bruins teammates were really pleased, not only to see the forward on his feet, but also to see him participating in drills wearing a full face-protecting cage just days after undergoing surgery was a nice surprise.

"I though he looked great in the cage," said center Chris Kelly, who wore similar protection after suffering a facial injury last season. "He had a few nice passes, a few nice goals today. It’s great to see him bounce back so quickly.

"It was a scary moment for everyone. I have never seen an arena get that quiet that quickly. Obviously it was an accident and those things happen, but it’s great to see him back."

"Yeah, definitely," added fellow forward Shawn Thornton. "Obviously, he’s going to have to wear that cage for a bit.

"He looks like a raccoon right now, but it’s good to see him up, moving around and feeling alright. He said he feels pretty good everything considered, so I’m happy to see him out there."

Defenseman Steve Kampfer was a scratch for Monday's game and had the opportunity to see replay's of the play that injured Paille.

"It was really scary watching it and seeing it over again," said Kampfer. "It’s good to see him back out there. It’s good to see him in good spirits and hopefully he keeps getting better.

"It’s something that you don’t want to see in hockey, [but] when he’s made a recovery like this and he’s back skating -- it’s positive."

B's captain Zdeno Chara, who is himself well known for his pain tolerance, noted that it couldn't have been easy for Paille.

"He went through a tough few days," said the defenseman. "But we certainly appreciate having someone like that on our team.

"The little things he does on a daily basis -- in every game -- makes this team so much better."
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