Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille recieved medical clearance from the team’s training staff on Tuesday for a return to full hockey participation.
He’ll re-join Claude Julien‘s lineup for Boston’s second-round playoff series opposite the Montreal Canadiens.
Paille suffered a concussion just prior to the regular season’s end. It forced him to miss all five opening-round games against the Detroit Red Wings. His head injury took place on April 12, after sustaining a hit from Buffalo Sabres blue-liner Jake McCabe.
The fourth-line winger had been skating by himself outside of the team’s practices. He returned to full practice participation on Tuesday, re-joining his teammates on the ice.
Paille has been a vital member of the lineup in recent years, emerging as an upper-echelon penalty killer in the league.
His gritty, hard-nosed style of play has made him a perfect match alongside Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Paille’s return to the lineup will give Boston added speed on the offensive end as well.
In 72 regular season games, Paille tallied nine assists and scored nine goals. He also scored three game-winning goals during last year’s Stanley Cup run.