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Paille Helps Lock Up Game 3 Victory

And has chain to show for it

Monday, 04.16.2012 / 11:40 PM ET / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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Paille Helps Lock Up Game 3 Victory
BostonBruins.com – After Game 1, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said he wanted more offense and less chasing from his energy line of Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille.

After a better attempt in Game 2, the “Merlot” line’s efforts game full circle in Game 3 as Paille scored a goal to help the Bruins take a 4-3 victory and a 2-1 series lead.

“I thought you know, we had a better all around game tonight,” Paille said, who scored his first goal since Feb. 11. “We wanted to stick with the system and we created those goals that way and it was nice to see us get those quality chances and them going in.

“We’re not going to chip in every night, but we want to chip in as much as we can and we were glad to get one tonight. It’s a one-goal difference so every game is going to be tough like that.”

With the Capitals leading 2-1 in the second period, Paille scored midway through the frame to tie the game, eventually helping the B’s pick up the win.

After some extra hustle by Thornton and Campbell to win the battle for the puck, Paille was in front of the net waiting to bury Greg Zanon’s rebound. Paille recovered the puck, and used a fancy deke to get past rookie goaltender Braden Holtby.

“My goal was just a battle by Soupy and Thorty in the corner and then got the puck to Zans and Zans shot it right away and me I had a ton of time in front of the net,” Paille said, recounting the goal. “So, I thought I’d make a move and I had a wide open net so it was nice to go in.”

After Paille’s goal, Brian Rolston and Brooks Laich traded goals before Bruins captain Zdeno Chara ripped a bomb past Holtby for the game-winner with 1:53 left in the game.

For Paille, the success in Game 3 was a big confidence boost after he was scratched for four games at the end of March.

“Those times are tough, but you get to play again,” Paille said. “I knew I was going to get back into the lineup eventually and the main thing was to stay positive always and try to fight for it as much as you can. Every night I plan to do that.”

And to top it off, Paille left the Verizon Center with some new bling.

For his efforts, Paille was awarded the team’s lock and chain (given to the MVP for the game), which was created by Andrew Ference and was received by Chris Kelly after his game-winning goal in Game 1.

“Yeah, I was a bit surprised [to get it because] a lot of guys played really well tonight,” Paille said, humbly. “I thought I was okay in the first, but I wanted to be a lot better than that so it was nice to see the guys recognize the hard work and it’s an honor. I’ll wear it tonight and I’ll pass it on to the next one.”

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