The incident occurred with 1:37 remaining in the second period when Chara fired a 76.5 miles per hour shot from the blue line. Danault remained down for quite some time before ultimately being stretchered off of the Bell Centre ice.
Squared up against Claude Julien's average-at-best club for the first time since he was sacked by the B's back in February 2017, Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask kicked a puck into his own net and put his team in an 0-1 hole at the 3:22 mark of the first period. While the medical staff brought out a gurney, officials made a decision to suspend the remainder of the period and play it after the intermission. It was the 11th goal of the season for Pacioretty, who has scored in each of the last three games. When the Bruins (finally) looked competitive against the Capitals despite the shootout loss, they were going up against another massive Celtic comeback, this one against the Rockets.
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.
Danault was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was hit in the head by Chara's shot - the 6-foot-9 defenseman didn't wind up fully for the one-timer.
"I wanted to make sure he was OK", Chara said.
Victor Mete, in his first game back after helping Canada win world junior championship gold, picked up an assist 3:22 into the game when the rebound of his point shot was tucked inside the post by Pacioretty.
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. Brad Marchand scored his team-leading 18th of the season late in the first period during a Boston power play.
DeBrusk was sent in alone by Charlie McAvoy to beat Price with a high shot 2:55 into the second. So after Saturday, the Bruins will again see the Habs on Wednesday and Saturday, with tilts against the Dallas Stars and New York Islanders mixed in on Monday and Thursday as well.