Danault taken from ice on stretcher in Canadiens game against Bruins

Danault slapshot Jan 13

Canadiens centre Phillip Danault at home resting after taking Chara shot to the head

The Canadiens issued a statement during the third period that said: "Danault suffered a head injury".

Danault was moving and appeared to be speaking to medical staff before being wheeled off the ice. "He is awake and moving". Chara, who has one of the hardest shots in the National Hockey League, looked on in concern as trainers attended to Danault.

"I was hoping that he was not hurt", said Chara.

The Canadiens and Bruins both went on to make the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, each losing in the first round. It happens. It's unfortunate.

It was Montreal coach Claude Julien's first game against his former team since he was sacked by Boston last February 7, only to be hired by the Canadiens a week later. On that particular play I was getting a pass off the boards and the puck probably was bouncing. Hopefully Phillip is now recovering. "I'm obviously wishing him a fast and full recovery". He lay on the ice for several minutes before being lifted onto a stretcher and taken away for treatment.

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Chara stayed near Danault as he was down on the ice.

"You know there's a rivalry that exists and that's twice now I've switched sides of that rivalry so I guess I could say I'm a little used to it but it's always special when you face your old team".

"He was talking to me and responding so that made me feel better that he's responding and he's OK, and he's not in a condition that he's not responding", Chara said. "So I was glad that he was doing OK".

Montreal captain Max Pacioretty opened the scoring early in the first period when he pounced on a loose puck after Rask stopped Victor Mete's long point shot.

Boston rookie Jake DeBrusk kicked off a wildly entertaining second period by beating Montreal goalie Carey Price on a breakaway to give his team its first lead at 2:55, only to see Montreal retake the edge on goals by Nicolas Deslauriers, at 5:45, and Alex Galchenyuk, at 8:51.

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