Horrific incident for Canadiens’ Danault ‘takes air out of’ game vs. Bruins

MONTREAL — What do you do when the man with the NHL’s hardest shot winds up for a one-timer and you’re standing helplessly in its path, just 10 feet away? You brace yourself and hope for the best.

That’s what Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault did with just 1:37 remaining in the second period of what turned out to be a 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Unfortunately, he got the worst.

Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, who scored on a breakaway 2:55 into the second frame, crossed the Montreal blue line at full speed near the end of the period, dropped the puck to Zdeno Chara, and the 6-foot-9, 255-pound behemoth ripped a rising shot that caught Danault right in the head.

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A horrifying scene ensued, with players from both teams circling a motionless Danault, and a hush coming over the 21,302 fans in attendance.

The players tapped their sticks on the ice and the fans began to applaud as Danault raised himself to his knees, but things …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sports news


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