February 03, 2011
As if the Dallas Stars' game at the Boston Bruins wasn't wild enough, along comes Daniel Paille(notes) at 11:21 of the second period with a blatant hit to the head of Raymond Sawada(notes) of Dallas. Paille was given a match penalty, giving the Stars a 5-minute power play.
Here's NESN's between periods discussion, featuring video of the hit and Mike Milbury's analysis:
As far as a suspension for Paille, it's not a question of "if?" but "how many?". At the very least, the NHL has another clip for it's "what not to do" DVD for Rule 48. He picked the wrong climate for a intentional hit to the noggin.
UPDATE: From the NHL, it's a 4-game suspension. Per their release:
Boston Bruins' forward Daniel Paille has been suspended for four games and will forfeit $23,118.28 as a result of delivering an illegal check to the head of Dallas Stars' forward Raymond Sawada in NHL game #770, last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
"Paille delivered a lateral hit where the principal point of contact was his opponent's head," said Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy(notes). "Additionally, the injury suffered by the Dallas player was a factor in this decision."
The incident occurred at 8:39 of the second period and Paille was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct under Rule 48 for Illegal Check to the Head.
Suspending to the injury. Could have left that part out.