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Bruins' Paille exits game after slap shot to face

Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:22 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 11:10 pm

By Brian Stubits

Let the visor debate rage on. Although at this point, I don't know how much of a debate there really is.

That's because right now we seem to be in a funny little vortex where players keep taking pucks to the face as if the cosmos are trying to build a case. Although there is nothing funny about it.

The latest incident occurred on Monday night when Daniel Paille of the Boston Bruins took a slap shot that got away from Steve Staios of the New York Islanders square in the face.

Thankfully, Paille was wearing a visor, which presumably took the brunt of the blow. It still didn't save him from all the harm, though. As you can see in the video, Paille leaves a lot of blood both on the ice and in/on his helmet.

After the game, Patrice Bergeron said that Paille suffered a broken nose on the play. I suppose that beats the alternatives that could have happened sans shield.

"The puck hit him in the face, in the nose area, so we'll probably know more tomorrow once he's seen by a specialist," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game.

Some players continue to steadfastly refuse to wear visors, something that is not mandatory in the NHL. Seeing more and more plays like this will only increase the volume of the conversation of those wanting it mandated. The most logical idea for institution right now seems to be the popular idea of grandfathering them in. Many of the young players are already wearing them as they are required at the levels below the NHL.

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Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:00 pm

Bruins' Paille exits game after slap shot to face

One correction there:  Gretzky played with a helmet.

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:17 pm

Bruins' Paille exits game after slap shot to face

Thank you witchrunner!

Finally another hockey fan who realizes the the safe they try to make the players, the more harm they're actually doing.

Think about it, it used to that when someone took a high stick, the stick hit the player and glanced of. I'm not saying that there weren't injuries, but how much more damage is done when a sitck gets UNDER the visor and it does happen more times then the NHL is willing to admit. Then there's the whole concussion thing, if player weren't wearing shoulder pads bigger then football players use, this problem would sovle itself. How is it that some of the greatest players in the game, Gretzky, Howe, Orr, Richard..etc, were able to have careers twice as long as todays players, without helmets and never had the injury problems that todays players have.

Hockey is meant to be a fast paced, hard hitting, physical game! Gary Bettman needs to realize that he's NOT a BASKETBALL commisoner anymore. The more he tries to take the physicality out of hockey, the more dangerous the game is becoming. This is not European hockey, this is not womens hockey (no offence ladies, alot of you are tougher that todays NHLers), this is the NHL, where the toughest, most skilled players in the world come to play.

It's time to return this league to the glory days of the 60's, 70's and 80's!

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:41 pm

Bruins' Paille exits game after slap shot to face

Ahhhh, for the days when the players weren't so armoured.  For when you could actually tell who was out on the ice even if they weren't wearing numbers.  I'll take the days of Orr, Esposito, Bucyk, Cashman, Green, Sanderson.  Even Plante and Cheese, their masks weren't the monstrosities we see today.  I still think that Cheese's face mask was the best.  How many could imitate what the face would look like if not for the mask.  Of course, I suspect his head would have been in a different place for most of those shots.  Glad Frosty took the time to work with him.

Just think, it was only 14 years ago that the last bear head played in the NHL.  McTavish, although you went through tough times, I still marvel at your resistence to the coverup.

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