You brace yourself and hope for the best. Unfortunately, he got the worst.
After three competitive periods of play and overtime could not determine a victor, the Bruins took down Montreal in the shootout, with Brad Marchand scoring on Boston's fourth attempt of the night to close out the win.
Chara and other players from both teams gathered around Danault as he was attended by medical staff.
The players tapped their sticks on the ice and the fans began to applaud as Danault raised himself to his knees, but things fell silent in a hurry as he slunk back down to the ice.
The Canadiens later released a statement and confirmed Danault was moving and awake when he was transported to the hospital with a head injury that will require additional testing. We'll have more updates available when they are made public.
Marchand responded with a power-play goal at 17:11.
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"It's different, but this was just another game", said Marchand, who scored in regulation time and got the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout. He was taken out on a stretcher after taking a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the head/neck area. As Danault was leaving the ice, Chara went over and said something to him. "I'm obviously wishing him a fast and full recovery". "But eventually, you have to get back to business, but like I said, you don't want to see that and hopefully, [Danault is] okay". Sometimes we all get hit somewhere in the upper body. On that particular play I was getting a pass off the boards and the puck probably was bouncing. Seeing what happened to Phillip Danault was one of those times. "I don't know what else to say about that".
They had to come back twice to do it, as Montreal took an early lead on a goal by Max Pacioretty. We were wishing him the best. "So I was glad that he was doing OK".
That was a relief for Chara, the big Bruins defenceman who owns one of the NHL's hardest shots. The Habs forward was stretchered off the ice and taken to a local Montreal hospital. Mete played 27 games with the Canadiens, picking up four assists and posting a plus-5, before being loaned to Team Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, where he earned a gold medal.
"Firstly, thank you all for your kind words and your support tonight", he wrote in French on behalf of his wife Michele.
"He'll be kept in the hospital overnight for observation purposes and as a precaution".