A scary scene played out toward the end of the second period in Saturday night's Bruins-Canadiens game in Montreal.
"I wanted to talk to him", said Chara, who said something to Danault as he left the ice.
Danault remained on the ice for several minutes as he was attended to by the training staff.
According to the Canadiens, Danault was taken to hospital but was awake and moving. You never want to see anyone get hit in the head or the neck area and get carried off the ice.
"You know there's a rivalry that exists and that's twice now I've switched sides of that rivalry so I guess I could say I'm a little used to it but it's always special when you face your old team". "A lot of guys are anxious about him right now".
Chara and other players from both teams gathered around Danault while he was down.
"He was talking to me and responding so that made me feel better that he's responding and he's OK, and he's not in a condition that he's not responding", Chara said. "So I was glad that he was doing OK".More news: Plane skids off runway on Black Sea coast in Turkey
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Entering play Saturday, Boston was in second place in the Atlantic Division, with Montreal in sixth, now eight points out of a playoff spot with five teams above them in the race in the standings.
He has seven goals and 15 assists in 43 games this season.
Marchand, Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci all scored for the Bruins, who improve to 24-10-7 on the season and are 9-0-2 in their last 11 matchups. He also addressed the situation with reporters after the game. "We did a good job and look forward to the next one".
Nicolas Deslauriers answered back for Montreal just 2:50 later off of an unassisted wrister, while Alex Galchenyuk ripped one home on the power play at 8:51 to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead.
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.
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.
Montreal opened the scoring first, with Max Pacioretty lighting the lamp for the third game in a row - firing in a puck that Rask kicked in off his skate to make it a 1-0 lead. Mete's assist came in his first National Hockey League game in more than a month. Brad Marchand scored his team-leading 18th of the season late in the first period during a Boston power play. 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 ideal shot along the ice on the blocker side.