The Canadians lost another hockey game Saturday night at the Bell Center. A match with a special stamp as it opposed to his greatest rivals, the Boston Bruins. Phillip Danault head injury, Phillip Danault evacuated
But this time, the fact of not having collected two points in the standings occupied less the thoughts of the players than the state of health of a valiant teammate.
After their heartbreaker loss of 4-3 in shootout, Claude Julien’s men seemed at least relieved after reading the latest news about Phillip Danault.
The Canadiens’ young center suffered a head injury after being hit by a violent shot by Zdeno Chara with 1:37 left in the second period and the score was 3-3.
The power of the shot was such that Danault, who was about twenty feet from the Bruins’ colossus, collapsed on the ice, holding the back of his head with both hands.
Seeing the scene, striker Jake DeBrusk, who had made the pass to Chara, immediately signaled for the Canadian players’ bench for a healer to help Danault.
After long minutes on the ice, Danault left the ice on a stretcher and was taken to the hospital for further testing.
The Canadian’s medical assessment, which stated that Danault was aware and alert, was posted on the giant screen during the third period.
The news, all the same positive in the circumstances, was greeted with respectful applause from the fans.
“When we knew he was conscious, it was a good sign, but you put hockey a little aside,” noted Jonathan Drouin. Whether it’s a Boston or Montreal player, you do not want to see a player lying on the ice like this.”
In the other locker room, Chara appeared worried when he was interviewed by reporters.
“On the game, I received a pass by the band and the puck was maybe a little leap. It’s really unfortunate. You never want to see a player hit the head or neck and be transported outside the rink. I wish him a quick recovery.”
On the rink, Chara stayed close to Danault until he left, and he even approached to talk to him.
“I wanted to make sure he was correct,” said the Bruins veteran. He was talking to me and he was answering me and I felt a little better to see that he seemed okay, rather than in a position where he was not able to answer me.”
In all this, the players of the Canadian had to return to the rink and under the circumstances, Claude Julien found that they had responded well.
“Of course, it bothered our team. We never like to see that. Injuries of this kind are always worrying. Between the second and third period, I just told the players, one thing that can be good for Phillip is that he sees that we win the game.
“On that side, the effort was there, added Julien. It could have gone from one side to the other. We played a bit of bad luck, but we had as many chances to win as they did. I think the guys reacted well, despite what happened. In the third period, I found that we gave a lot to try to win the match, in honor of Phillip.”