Canadiens' Phillip Danault hit in head by Zdeno Chara slap shot

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Danault was struck in the head by a Zdeno Chara slap shot late in the second period Saturday, and was stretchered off the ice.

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.

Chara, who stood by Danault and the medics immediately following the shot, did not leave the ice until the stretcher was wheeled off.

Danault was down on the ice for quite some time, getting the attention of the team's medical staff.

Danault lay on the ice for several minutes before being taken away on a stretcher.

The Canadiens announced that Danault was taken to a local hospital to undergo further exams for a head injury.

The 24-year-old had an assist on a first-period goal by Max Pacioretty and has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 43 games this season.

Danault, 24, was selected in the first round of the 2011 National Hockey League draft by the Chicago Blackhawks and made his National Hockey League debut in 2014. Danault centered Montreal's top line, with Pacorietty on the left wing and Artturi Lehkonen on the right.

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