Daniel Paille uses 'positive attitude' to regain his mojo: 'When they go in, it seems you can almost do anything'

Mike Petraglia
March 08, 2015 - 1:20 pm
It's hard to tell who's more relieved at the turnaround of Daniel Paille. Both player and coach Claude Julien have to reason to be elated with the recent production of the fourth line left wing. Since being benched for the final two games of the five-game road trip, Paille has been on fire. His two goals Sunday were the difference in a 5-3 win over the Red Wings at TD Garden. He has four goals in the six games since, including Sunday's short-handed marker. "Sometimes when you sit out you get to reflect on what you can do better," Paille said after Sunday's offensive display. "For me, I definitely kept a positive attitude about it. Like l've said before, Claude was great with me about it. Coming back, kind of a play like you've got nothing to lose. Just keep working. If you keep working, good things will come out of it, and so far, that's what's been going right now. So it's a huge boost I guess." "I'€™m sure it helped him in a good way, not necessarily as a wake-up call, more than watching the game and missing it," Julien added. "At the same time, I think there'€™s no doubt the trade deadline'€™s over, guys know they'€™re here, there'€™s a lot of players that have picked up their game I think since then. Whether it'€™s a combination of that or combination of where we are in the standings and wanting to make sure we get ourselves into a playoff spot and doing whatever it takes, could be a lot of different things. It'€™s nice to see a lot of those players really bring their game up a notch." Paille was the butt of many jokes about the Bruins' lack of finish around the net. He's had the last laugh since being re-inserted into the lineup. Paille went 36 games without a goal and scored in each of his first two games back. On Sunday, he matched that total in just three shots. "When they go in, it seems that you can almost do anything, so a big part of the game is mental and sometimes they'€™re not going to go in and it'€™s just staying focused on the right things that we'€™re doing out there and for me of course it'€™s been a frustrating time for the most part of the season, but the main point is to stay with it and having the support through the whole team here is definitely a huge boost for all of us," Paille said. Paille now has five goals on the season. The only player hotter is Brad Marchand, with five goals in four games, including one on Sunday. The difference is the Bruins expect the production from Marchand. With Paille, it's icing on the cake. And with the trade deadline passed, Paille is playing like a player with a huge weight off his shoulders. "I think that everyone is grateful that time has passed and now we can just focus on playing," Paille said. "I'€™m sure it'€™s always in the back of someone'€™s mind. You don'€™t think it will happen but when it does you don'€™t want to be shocked, but yeah, time has passed. Everyone seems to be focused on the game now and I think that'€™s important to move forward." The other big factor has been the addition of Max Talbot at the trade deadline. In Paille's defense, he has played with no fewer than 15 different combinations on the fourth line this season, from Simon Gagne to Matt Fraser to Craig Cunningham, and all points in between. Based on an incredibly brief three-game sample, Talbot looks like the right piece for Paille and Gregory Campbell. "He fits obviously perfectly right now. These last couple of games that we've got to play together, it just feels natural. We've played pretty much similar styles, all three of us. We like to grind it out and try to outwork teams and I think he gives us that extra boost that we've been missing. I think Soup and I realize that we need to pick up the slack here, whether it's scoring or outworking other teams, it's time. Seventeen, 18 games left, there's no more excuses. "You know, I'€™ve played with Max before and Soupy'€™s easy to read off guys as well so you know I think it'€™s just that we know how we play, each of us, and even though we haven'€™t had a lot of time with Max it just feels natural out there and it makes the game a lot easier. One thing I think we'€™re doing a lot better is holding onto the puck and not just getting rid of it, so it'€™s definitely been a big help having Max with us because I think we want to thrive to be that best line again and we can do that with Max." Paille hopes to be a big part of the Bruins push toward the finish line and another lengthy stay in the playoffs. "It'€™s good to get the four points that we needed and the way we battled back in [Saturday's] game," Paille said. "We have to put that into the next game and the next games to come. We'€™ve got Ottawa who'€™s right behind us and they'€™re playing today as well so they can be three points back and it'€™s definitely going to be harder than it'€™s ever been especially towards this end of the season."