Phillip Danault is going to be ok.
According to the team, Danault was released from a local hospital on Sunday and is now resting at home.
Danault was hospitalized after having to leave Saturday nights game against the Bruins on a stretcher. With 1:37 left in the second period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara blasted one from the blue line. Danault, who was standing at the top of the faceoff circle, turned his head slightly and took a direct hit on the right side of his head off his helmet. According to Hockey Night in Canada the slapshot was clocked at 123 km/h.
Chara stood near Danault in the immediate aftermath as medical personnel attended to the Canadiens center, and expressed remorse and concern for Danault in his postgame comments.
“I wanted to be there,” Chara said after the game. “Obviously, I wanted to talk to him. I felt bad, obviously, that he got hit. I wanted to make sure he was OK and he was responding. You gotta obviously focus on the game and worry about it after the game.”
“Just hoping he’s not hurt,” Chara added. “That’s all you see, the first thing that goes through your mind. Hopefully he’s not hurt.”
Habs fans have since received an update on the situation from Danault’s father Alain Danult via Facebook. The post thanked the fanbase for their thoughts and support stating that all of his son’s scans came back normal. How long the recovery will be is still up in the air.