Canadiens' Danault to remain hospitalized after shot to head

The Saturday game between the Boston Bruins and the Canadiens had a scary moment when Montreal's Phillip Danault was hit in the head by a puck shot by Boston captain Zdeno Chara and was taken off the ice via stretcher.

According to the Canadiens, Danault was taken to hospital but was awake and moving. He was to remain hospitalized overnight.

"Reports are good," Montreal coach Claude Julien said postgame.

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The incident took place with 1:37 remaining in the second period. Chara, who possesses one of the hardest shots in the league, blasted one from the blue line, hitting Danault, who was standing at the top of the faceoff circle, on the right side of his head off his helmet. The 24-year-old fell to the ice and appeared to be unconscious as trainers rushed to his aid.

Danault was moving and speaking to the medical staff before he was stretchered off the ice.

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MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 13: Montreal Canadiens Center Phillip Danault (24) lays on the ice for long minutes after being hit on the head by a shot from Boston Bruins Defenceman Zdeno Chara (33) during the Boston Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens game on January 13, 2018, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 13: Montreal Canadiens Center Phillip Danault (24) skates into Boston Bruins zone with the puck during the Boston Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens game on January 13, 2018, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 13: Boston Bruins Defenceman Zdeno Chara (33) talking to Montreal Canadiens Center Phillip Danault (24) laying on a stretches on the ice during the Boston Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens game on January 13, 2018, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 13: Montreal Canadiens Center Phillip Danault (24) being brought out of the ice on a stretches with his teammates looking during the Boston Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens game on January 13, 2018, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 13: Phillip Danault #24 of the Montreal Canadiens is assisted off the ice after an injury In the second period of NHL game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on January 13, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The CBC broadcast had Chara's shot clocked at 123.2 kilometers per hour, which converts to 76.5 mph.

The game was halted for intermission after Danault was injured, and the extra 1:37 was added to the start of the third period. The Bruins went on to win 4-3 in a shootout.

--Field Level Media

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