Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins - 1/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Canadiens' Phillip Danualt Carted Off Ice After Taking Zdeno Chara Slap Shot To Head

Canadiens' Phillip Danault to remain in hospital overnight after Zdeno Chara slapper to head

When he regained consciousness, he attempted to get back to his feet, but he collapsed after getting to his knees.

"I wanted to talk to him", said Chara, who said something to Danault as he left the ice.

David Krejci stormed back with an fantastic effort to knot things up at 3-3 before the end of the second period, and it was in the third that the Black and Gold turned the pressure up on Carey Price, peppering Price for 10 shots at the halfway mark frame.

Chara understandably was left shaken by the incident and was the first player to have words with Danault as he was taken off the ice. The Canadiens reported he was awake and moving at hospital.

Marchand also scored in regulation, helping the improve to 9-0-3 in their last 12 games.

Saturday's game had a plethora of scoring and physical play - the teams combined for 77 hits - so with the added pressure of important playoff implications, things only will get more entertaining in a rivalry that never lacks exhilaration, regardless of circumstance. Marchand got a step on Byron and converted a flawless pass from Patrice Bergeron. The Canadiens fired Michel Therrien and hired Julien in short order, the second time the franchise brought in Julien after dismissing Therrien. It was Galchenyuk's 100th career goal. The Canadiens regained the lead when Galchenyuk scored a power-play goal at 8:51.

Jakub Jerabek swiped at and missed a bouncing puck and Krejci pounced on it and beat Price from close range at 17:42. Jordie Benn blocked Chara's shot from the blueline, but David Krejci buried the rebound. Boston is a disappointing 4-11 in their last 15 games in Montreal though and with the Habs approaching desperation mode you can be sure they will give the Bruins their absolute best in this one as Tuukka Rask and Carey Price are expected to put on a show in their respective creases.

Coming attractions: This is the first of five games in eight nights for the Canadiens.

Canadiens: Host the New York Islanders on Monday. The Canadiens hit the road for games Wednesday in Boston and Friday in Washington before wrapping up the week with yet another game against the Bruins next Saturday at the Bell Centre.

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