A scary incident overshadowed the Boston Bruins' 4-3 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night, as Montreal forward Phillip Danault was taken off the ice in a stretcher after taking a slap shot from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara to the head.
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Danault on ice after a Chara slapper pic.twitter.com/rxoHRh8aGw
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The puck appeared to strike Denault in the back of the head, with the 24-year-old center immediately falling to the ice and remaining there close to 10 minutes.
Danault was eventually taken off the ice and was taken to a local hospital. After the game, Montreal head coach Claude Julien noted that Danault will spend the night in the hospital and will be re-evaluated later.
"You never want to see that," Julien said. "Regardless if it's your own team or the other team, no one wants to see injuries like that. "They always make you worry. The players are still worried about him, but the reports are good so far."
Before being taken off the ice, Chara skated over to say a few words to the injured Montreal forward.
"I wanted to make sure he was OK," Chara said. "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. So I was glad that he was doing OK."
The injury occurred with 1:37 left in the second period — prompting the officials to end the frame early and have both teams play the 1:37 of game time after the second intermission.