Canadiens Danault taken to hospital with head injury


The game was halted for intermission after Danault was injured, and the extra 1:37 was added to the start of the third period. Brad Marchand scored his team-leading 18th of the season late in the first period during a Boston power play.

Canadiens forward Phillip Danault was stretchered off the Bell Centre ice on Saturday after taking a Zdeno Chara slap shot to the head. It was the first meeting of the teams since Julien, who guided Boston to the Stanley Cup in 2011, was sacked by the Bruins last February and quickly took the head-coaching job with the Canadiens.

It was Boston's first matchup against Julien, who was sacked by the Bruins back on February 7, 2017. "A lot of guys are anxious about him right now".

The Bruins will resume play on Monday, with the team set to host the Dallas Stars at TD Garden for a 1 p.m. matchup. As Danault was leaving the ice, Chara went over and said something to him. Paul Byron and Jake DeBrusk matched goals to open the shootout, but there were five misses before Marchand potted the victor. "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".

Julien, who won a Stanley Cup as the Bruins head coach in 2013, was sacked after 56 games during the 2016-17 season while guiding the Bruins to a 26-23-6 record. The only Canadiens players with more points to date are Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty.

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But it was from the Galchenyuk goal that Rask's game improved (though that wasn't going to be hard with a 11-for-14 start to his evening), and the B's along with it.

DeBrusk was sent in alone by Charlie McAvoy to beat Carey Price with a high shot 2:55 into the second frame. Deslauriers picked up a loose puck at the Boston blue line and beat Rask with a low shot from the slot at 5:45.

And as the ice tilted back in Montreal's favor, it was Rask that once again stood tall in overtime and into the shootout, with 16-straight saves following the Galchenyuk goal, including five in overtime and stops on all but one of the Canadiens' shootout attempts.

NOTES: Boston outshot Montreal 29-25 in regulation time and 32-30 overall.