Boston rookie Jake DeBrusk kicked off a wildly entertaining second period by beating Montreal goalie Carey Price on a breakaway to give his team its first lead at 2:55, only to see Montreal retake the edge on goals by Nicolas Deslauriers, at 5:45, and Alex Galchenyuk, at 8:51. When he regained consciousness, he attempted to get back to his feet, but he collapsed after getting to his knees. Chara, who has one of the hardest shots in the National Hockey League, looked on in concern as trainers attended to Danault.
David Krejci stormed back with an unbelievable 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. Danault was carried off the ice on the gurney and taken by ambulance to hospital for observation. "He is awake and moving". Pacioretty had a couple of swipes at the loose puck before bouncing it off Tuukka Rask's skate.
Conversely, the Bruins, who hold the second spot in the division, are looking to gain ground on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who hold the top spot in the division (and conference), as well as the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals, who hold a four-point advantage on the Bruins with four more games played. The 97 seconds of time was tacked onto the third period.
Marchand responded with a power-play goal at 17:11. Jordie Benn blocked Chara's shot from the blueline, but David Krejci buried the rebound.
In his first matchup against his former team, Claude Julien and the Habs fell to the Bruins 4-3 in a shootout after an emotionally charged 60 minutes left the teams tied at 3-3.
And as the ice tilted back in Montreal's favor, it was Rask that once again stood tall in overtime and into the shootout, with 16-straight saves following the Galchenyuk goal, including five in overtime and stops on all but one of the Canadiens' shootout attempts. The Bruins scored on their only power play. They are home to the New York Islanders on Monday (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN-690 Radio).