- Just prior to boarding a bus bound for the airport and a three hour flight to Winnipeg, Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille
talked about the first game of the B's six game swing throught North America and about Manitoba, the trip's second stop.
Paille, one of the staple components on the B's longstanding Merlot line with Gregory Campbell
and Shawn Thornton
said he looked forward to giving more than a passing glance to the NHL's "newest" city.
"Yeah, you know last time was an overnight trip, so I’ll have time to spend the day there and I think we’ll have a little bit more time with the day off," said Paille, who also talked up the Jets loud fans.
"I thought they were outstanding over there," he said of the B's last trip. "Hopefully we get better results."
Last night, the B's got better results in Montreal, with a feel-good shootout victory despite a third period breakdown.
"We had a great first two periods, we didn’t have a bad third period, but obviously we did some little things that we should’ve done," said Paille. But it (was) a good sign for us and our consistency, and we need to start winning a couple of games - going back-and-forth isn’t going to help us."
Unfortunately, the next stretch of contests has the B's doing some rink-hopping back-and-forth between Canada and the United States and they'll do so without one of the key pieces in last year's stretch run - Rich Peverley
Peverley is en route to Boston for evalution by Bruins doctors after colliding with Montreal's Hal Gill in the third period.
Thus far this season, Paille's line has been a constant for the B's, and provided a steady sandpaper element to Boston's potent attack. The Merlot line clearly takes pride in being the B's sparkplug and providing a little scoring pop every now and then, too.
"I’d say where so far in the season now that were used to it and it’s just more of a habit now," said Paille of the line's ability to create consistent energy. "We get into that routine where we focus on what we need to do.
"Sometimes we take some hits, but it’s something we enjoy a lot."
Paille also said he and his linemates enjoy having the Head Coach Claude Julien's trust.
"Definitely, I think it’s a big reason why we play as much as we do and more than certain fourth lines," said Paille. "So I think it kind of stands out a little bit more and coach has confidence in us and obviously we don’t want to disappoint him."
But on Monday, Coach Julien said that everyone in his lineup should be ready to change practice jersey colors in the absence of yet another regular and Paille had already seen that writing on the wall.
"I think we’ve done pretty well so far, obviously with Nathan hurt that tested us a little bit," said Paille, who during his tenure has shown an ability to play up-and-down the lineup.
"At the same time, we haven’t had anybody step up and I think it’s time with having a couple guys out, certain guys are going to play a little bit more and we have to help out."