November 8, 2011

Paille set to undergo surgery for broken nose

By Jesse Connolly

After being struck by a slap shot from Islanders d-man Steve Staios during the third period last night, Bruins winger Dan Paille has been diagnosed with a broken nose and facial lacerations.

General manager Peter Chiarelli released the following info on Tuesday afternoon:

“He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, November 9 at Mass General Hospital in Boston to repair the injury,” the GM said. “Dr. Thomas Dodson will conduct the procedure. Following the surgery, he is expected to be listed as day-to-day.”

Paille left the ice heavily bloodied after remaining down on the ice late in Boston’s 6-2 victory. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the win that the injured winger was to be seen by specialists on Monday night.

In 13 games this season, Paille had two goals and averaged 1:30 of shorthanded ice time (fifth among Bruins forwards).

It’s extremely unlikely he’ll be ready to play on Thursday when the B’s welcome the Oilers to TD Garden, meaning the Black and Gold will likely have to recall a forward from Providence to take his spot in the lineup.