Things took a turn for the terrifying late in the second period of tonight’s Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens game as Philip Danault of the Habs got hit in the left side of the head/neck by a Zdeno Chara shot.
The video, from Chris:
Danault, a 24-year-old winger, went down immediately and didn’t move much. He was moving his hands and rolled to his stomach later, but was carted off on a stretcher.
The second period ended early so that the medical staff could tend to the injured Hab.
Chara, clearly upset about what happened, could be seen tapping Danault on the back as he lay on the ice and checked on him as he was being wheeled off.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Danault. We’ll update this post when we know more.
UPDATE (9:25 PM):
Some good news already:
Canadiens update that Phillip Danault is conscious and alert at the hospital after sustaining a head injury.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 14, 2018
Mise à jour: P. Danault a subi une blessure à la tête. Il a été conduit à l’hôpital pour passer des tests approfondis. Il est conscient et alerte.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 14, 2018
Medical update: P. Danault suffered a head injury. He was taken to the hospital for further exams. He is awake and moving.
Ideally (relative term, of course) Danault took the shot off his ear or helmet, and the helmet hit him in the head, causing a cut.
Jack Edwards said he saw gauze with blood on it, so it would make sense. In that case, he may have been dazed or suffered a concussion, and the stretcher was a precaution.
It’s never “ideal” to say someone got a concussion, but it’s far better than the alternative.
EDIT (11:50 PM): Engels got some comments from Chara after the game. Can tell the big guy was feeling badly about what happened.
Here are Zdeno Chara's comments on what was going through his mind and how he felt about unfortunately taking a shot that hit Phillip Danault up high in Habs-Bruins game: pic.twitter.com/KqbEFMA7NA— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 14, 2018
EDIT (Sunday, 9:47 AM): Another positive update from Engels.