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Paille extended the Bruins' lead to 3-1 with his short-handed goal at 11:44 of the second.
Hotham scored short-handed at the start of the period and player-coach Andrew Lord sent in a great pass to set up Jake Morrisette to make it 5-3.
In other matches, Team Aphrodite beat an undermanned Team Apollo 4-0 (2,808-2,458) and Team Hermes outplayed a several short-handed Team Artemis 4-0 (2,738-1,29).
The Spartans took a 4-3 after scoring a short-handed goal in the final second of the second period.
Champions-elect Nottingham crossed the visitors' line six times before the break for a 36-0 half-time lead and, with injuries leaving them to play short-handed, the Bulldogs were largely left on the back foot.
But after you adjust to the pace of the action I think that most players will love the excitement of the short-handed game.
Short-handed games give you more action and most professionals prefer playing against fewer opponents as they are able to win more often against less experienced players
That was an ideal chance for the Devils to recover, but they conceded a short-handed goal and were out of contention.
Heavey moaned: "It's tough playing short-handed but we must win if we want to finish in the top three in Superleague.
Finch's four short-handed goals tie him for second nationally in that category.
The Bruins had been the only team in the NHL not to allow a short-handed goal, but Dallas ended that streak by scoring not one, but two.
That two short-handed goals proved to be the eventual margin of defeat merely rubbed salt in the wound.