Canadiens' Danault leaves on stretcher after taking Chara slap shot to head

Canadiens' Danault leaves on stretcher after taking Chara slap shot to head

Marchand tied the game with a power-play goal at 17:48.

Danault was standing between Chara and the Montreal goal with a couple other players late in the second period when Chara wound up from the blueline and delivered a head-high shot that slammed into the side of the Canadian player's helmet.

Nicolas Deslauriers answered back for Montreal just 2:50 later off of an unassisted wrister, while Alex Galchenyuk ripped one home on the power play at 8:51 to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead. Jakub Jerabek swiped at and missed a bouncing puck and Krejci pounced on it and beat Price from close range.

Danault out indefinitely: The Canadiens lost the services of centre Phillip Danault, who was knocked unconscious when he was struck in the head by a Zdeno Chara slapshot with 1:37 remaining in the second period.

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He was moving and appeared to be speaking to medical staff before he left the ice, to an ovation from the Bell Centre crowd.

The Bruins outshot Montreal 29-25 in regulation time and 32-30 overall.

"There's no doubt it's a special thing because I spent a lot of great years in (Boston) with an organization that treated me extremely well and I'm showing a lot of gratitude towards them for that", Julien said before the game Saturday.

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. Danault was carried off the ice on the gurney and taken by ambulance to hospital for observation. The last news we had he was in hospital getting treatment and he was doing fine. "He is awake and moving". "He was talking to me and responding so that made me feel better that he's OK and he's not in a condition where he's not responding".

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