Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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

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

In keeping up with what's been the theme of their season, the Bruins played their most anticipated game of the season, a Saturday night showdown against Claude Julien and the Canadiens, the same night and time as an obviously far more important local game.

David Krejci stormed back with an incredible effort to knot things up at 3-3 before the end of the second period, and it was in the third that the Black and Gold turned the pressure up on Carey Price, peppering Price for 10 shots at the halfway mark frame. "It was great to see the guys battle back".

It's just fantastic that we're constantly talking about this team's gut-it-out, season-altering performances getting overshadowed by the other teams and their obviously bigger games.

Claude Julien coached against Boston for the first time since he was sacked by the last February and hired by the Canadiens a week later.

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Price made 29 saves through overtime for Montreal, which has won just twice in eight games.

The rising shot at 18:23 of the second period looked to hit Danault on the side of the head. At one point it appeared that Danault was going to try to leave the ice under his own power, but a stretcher was brought out as a precaution. He was to remain hospitalized overnight. You never want to see anyone get hit in the head or the neck area and get carried off the ice. Boston is a disappointing 4-11 in their last 15 games in Montreal though and with the Habs approaching desperation mode you can be sure they will give the Bruins their absolute best in this one as Tuukka Rask and Carey Price are expected to put on a show in their respective creases. The players are still anxious about him, but the reports are good so far. Chara, who has one of the hardest shots in the National Hockey League, looked on in concern as trainers attended to Danault.

Danault went down with 1:37 left in the second period, and the teams were sent to the locker room after he left the ice.

Victor Mete, in his first game back after helping Canada win world junior championship gold, picked up an assist 3:22 into the game when the rebound of his point shot was tucked inside the post by Pacioretty.

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