Daniel Paille may not have lasted in the penthouse for long, but he certainly didn’t look out of place last night during his time there. In Claude Julien’s forward-line shakeup entering the game, the coach moved Paille to a line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. Though the line didn’t score with Paille on it, the forward was a constant source of energy for the Bruins. Through the first two periods, he had a game-high five shots on net before Julien reunited the top two lines and made a makeshift third unit with Paille, Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron. “He was very good,” said Julien. “I think he had five shots on net. He didn’t score, but certainly was a good player for us. Absolutely, I didn’t mind his game tonight, he came up big for us. It’s nice to see those kind of players step up and play those kind of games, because we have some players right now who are fighting to find their games.” The line allowed a goal in the second period, when Bruins defenseman Aaron Johnson’s shot from the blue line was partially blocked by Maple Leaf Nikolai Kulemin and Toronto’s Nazem Kadri in turn sent Kulemin in for a successful breakaway. This allowed Toronto go up 2-0. Otherwise, Paille was happy with his performance. “I felt really good throughout the game here today,” said Paille, who saw 18:15 of ice time. “I created the energy that I wanted to do for the team. I just couldn’t put it in today. That’s going to happen sometimes, but I was definitely happy with our effort today.” Paille’s effort was one of the things the struggling Bruins needed last night for the 3-2 shootout win over Toronto.
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Boston Herald | Mar 26