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

Bruins' Paille exits game after slap shot to face

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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