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02/04/2011 - 2:56pm
Paille: Hit was shoulder-to-shoulder
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- After learning Friday morning that he had been suspended for four games following his blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada, Bruins forward Daniel Paille expressed hope that the player is alright but defended the hit. 

 

"It was a fast-paced play. I just recognized that Sawata was going on a breakaway, and I just went over to backcheck and get the puck, but he cut back to the middle," Paille said following Bruins' practice Friday. "If you look the play, I'm ahead of him when I hit him, and I felt that I hit his shoulder at that moment. Looking at the replay I felt that he kind of turned towards me so I wouldn't my check. I felt that I hit him in the the shoulder at first." 

 

Rule 48, implemented following Matt Cooke's blindside hit on Bruins center Marc Savard last March, states that "a lateral or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the...

02/04/2011 - 1:49pm
Poll: Who will win Super Bowl?

Over at the LEEInks blog, we've compiled a list of Super Bowl predictions from celebrities, media types and players. Now, it's your turn to weigh in. Make your prediction by voting in our poll for the winner of Sunday's game between the Steelers at Packers.


02/04/2011 - 1:27pm
King on D&H: Steelers win high-scoring game

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning from the Steelers' Super Bowl practice facility in Forth Worth, Texas.

 

Dallas is being hit by its worth winter weather in two decades, and the city is not prepared for the snow and ice that have restricted road use. "It's been stunning this week to see the weather take over and sort of dominate the landscape, and a guy as powerful as [Cowboys] owner Jerry Jones basically be powerless to do anything about it," King said.

 

King has predicted a Steelers victory, and he said Thursday's practice did nothing to change his mind. Said King: "Ben Roethlisberger was OK on Wednesday, you know, missed a bunch of throws. But yesterday, he had about as good a practice … That was as impressive a practice performance as I've seen, against the Steelers scout team. What does it mean? Probably nothing...

02/04/2011 - 12:53pm
Bruins' Paille suspended 4 games
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Daniel Paille was suspended for four games Friday following his blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada in Thursday's 6-3 victory over the Stars. Paille was given a game misconduct after the play, with Sawada not returning to the game. 

 

Paille was present at Friday's practice, skating on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Tyler Seguin. The team had called up center Zach Hamill from Providence on Thursday, meaning no move will need to be made to fill his roster spot. Paille will be eligible to return Feb. 15 against the Maple Leafs.

 

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02/04/2011 - 10:11am
Schefter on D&C: Packers have edge

ESPN's Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Super Bowl. Schefter is predicting the Packers to win, 28-24. "They are a better, deeper team," he sad. "I like the quarterback. I just think that they are a tough out."

 

Talking about Aaron Rodgers, Schefter said: "He has been the best quarterback in football over the last 5-6 weeks, period. He is as good as any quarterback in the game right now. He's dominant."

 

Schefter said Pittsburgh's defense could give Rodgers some problems, but the QB isn't like to falter because of the Super Bowl spotlight. "I don't think he wilts under the bright lights," Schefter said. "Could he wilt against that defense? I mean, that defense has gotten to some quarterbacks. That's possible. But I don't think the pressure of the situation is going to affect or faze him one bit."...

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