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The NHL is one of the few sports that rewards an entire playoff MVP at the end of the Finals. If the Boston Bruins were to win the Stanley Cup, it would likely be awarded to their goalie Tuukka Rask who has been incredible throughout the entire post-season. Without him, the Boston Bruins are not two wins away from capturing their second Stanley Cup in three years. If the NHL were to give away a just an MVP for the Stanley Cup Final – call it the Gretzky award or something – the winner of such an award this year might currently be controlled by one Danny Paille. It is strange the evolution that Paille has gone through in the 2013 season, mostly because Paille never seemed to be a player that would do anything more than being an efficient penalty killer and hard-working fourth line player. Paille always had wheels and innate toughness which helped him as a fourth line player, but he never had skill enough to finish. His nickname among Bruins’ fans was “Stonehands” which was a shame because over the years that speed led to many breakaways that he would ultimately bumble away. A rash on injuries in addition to the compressed schedule of 2013 gave Paille his first real chance to do something more than simply be a fourth line forward and Paille did not disappoint. He grew hands and finished with ten goals, tied for the most he had scored in any season in a Bruins uniform. Mostly playing on the fourth line, but hopping around to wherever he was needed, Paille should have won the seventh player award for the Boston Bruins. If only the award was not simply a popularity contest. In these playoffs, the biggest move that Bruins coach Claude Julien has made, besides the move of Jagr to the line centered by Bergeron, was to switch Paille to the third line in the Stanley Cup Finals. In game two of the Finals, the switch was made and Paille’s speed gave that line a boost it hadn’t had all post-season long. He scored the game-winning-goal in both games two and three and his speed up and down the wings resulted in numerous chances for the Boston Bruins. He also provides the third line another hard-working player which has allowed them to win more pucks deep and get better opportunities. Both the game-winning goals happened because of such plays. As the series continues, expect Danny Paille to continue to play with the third line guys. For someone who was destined as a career fourth line player, his play has sparked the Bruins and continued to highlight him as one of the Bruins most pleasant surprises in 2013.
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