Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Zdeno Chara slap shot hits Phillip Danault in the head

Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher
Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2018, 17:42

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.

Officials opted to play the final 1:37 of the second period after the intermission, before the start of the third. Chara, who has one of the hardest shots in the National Hockey League, looked on in concern as trainers attended to Danault. Danault remained down for quite some time before ultimately being stretchered off of the Bell Centre ice. Danault was carried off the ice on the gurney and taken by ambulance to hospital for observation.

"I wanted to make sure he was OK", said Chara. "So I was glad that he was doing OK".

David Krejci stormed back with an awesome 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.

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. It was Galchenyuk's 100th career goal. When the Bruins (finally) looked competitive against the Capitals despite the shootout loss, they were going up against another massive Celtic comeback, this one against the Rockets.

It was Julien's first game against his former team since he was sacked by Boston last February 7, only to be hired by the Canadiens a week later.

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.

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. He was left alone in front to take a feed from Patrice Bergeron and score his 18th of the season. It was his 11th goal of the season. Jakub Jerabek swiped at and missed a bouncing puck and Krejci pounced on it and beat Price from close range.

Canadiens: Host the New York Islanders on Monday.