Danault hit in head by Chara's slap shot; Bruins top Habs

Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher

Officials opted to play the final 1:37 of the second after intermission.

Marchand's power-play goal late in the first period tied the game, and the back-and-forth goal scoring was off and running.

The game also had a scary incident when Montreal's Phillip Danault was hit in the head by a puck shot by Boston captain Zdeno Chara and was taken off the ice via stretcher.

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.

Claude Julien coached against Boston for the first time since he was sacked by the last February and hired by the Canadiens a week later. The 24-year-old Danault was moving and speaking to medical staff before he departed to an ovation from the Bell Centre crowd. The players are still anxious about him, but the reports are good so far.

The Bruins have played far better hockey this season than the Canadiens have - a change of pace from how most of the past few seasons have gone - and their next two matchups will be key for both teams.

Chara stayed near Danault as he was down on the ice. Paul Byron and Jake DeBrusk matched goals to open the shootout, but there were five misses before Marchand potted the victor.

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.

"I wanted to make sure he was OK and was responding".

Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty and Nicolas Deslauriers scored for Montreal, and Carey Price had 29 stops.

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. Nicolas Deslauriers pulled Montreal even when he picked off a pass from Chara in the neutral zone and then beat Rask at 5:45 with s flawless shot along the ice on the blocker side. Galchenyuk's goal came on a power play. 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.



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