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Horton, Paille Break Through

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – Boston Bruins forwards Nathan Horton and Daniel Paille each ended goal droughts in Tuesday night’s Bruins 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh’s RBC Center.

Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Paille, who hadn’t scored this season, and whose last goal came against Carolina on April 10, 2010, tipped in a Zdeno Chara blast from the blueline to break the 0-0 deadlock at 4:14 in the second period.

“We just started by getting in deep and their guy kind of rimmed it to Zee [Zdeno Chara]," Paille said Wednesday after the B’s off-ice workout. "I’ve been trying to get my game to...the front of the net a lot more.

“I was just basically there and was able to tip it and thankfully it went through his legs and that was it, so it was nice.”

Milan Lucic, who went through a short slump earlier in the season, but who has 4-1-5 totals in the last seven games, was glad to see Paille contribute on the scorecard.

“It was good to see him get his first of the year and chip in and it was a big goal for us to get us rolling yesterday and break his goose egg and our goose egg yesterday in the game,” Lucic said.

Horton, too, was glad to see his 10-game goalless skid end at 3:54 in the third period, when he slipped the puck past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward off a feed from behind the net courtesy of B’s center David Krejci.

“It’s definitely frustrating when you get chances and you can’t score, but it’s nice to finally get one in. I had a nice pass from Krejci. And it definitely feels good to finally get one,” Horton said.

Coach Julien has seen Horton work hard over the course of his slump and has consistently applauded his winger’s hard work.

“Last night he scored a goal and you hope that confidence will rise and you know there’s no doubt he’s probably carrying a lot of weight from not scoring," said Julien. "Unnecessary weight. And hopefully a lot of that is taken off.

“Maybe now he gets on a bit of a roll, and the bottom line is he has to keep working to make those things happen and hopefully the confidence comes back and he keeps scoring goals the way we know he can.”

Both players are looking to continue scoring and hope that the confidence gained from their respective goals will translate into more offensive production in the final stretch of the season.

“Anytime you know, you get a goal I think confidence helps you so you know I definitely felt better as the game went on after that play and I was real happy about it,” Paille said.

---Hannah Becker
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