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Canadiens' Danault leaves hospital day after taking puck to head

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Montreal (AFP)

Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault left hospital on Sunday, a day after taking a puck to the head in a scary incident in the team's 4-3 NHL shootout loss to the Boston Bruins.

Danault, 24, went down when he was struck in the head by a slapshot from the Bruins' Zdeno Chara at the Bell Centre arena. He was taken from the ice on a stretcher and hospitalized overnight.

"Phillip Danault was released from the hospital earlier today and is now resting at home," the Canadiens said in a medical update posted on their Twitter feed.

Danault was in his teammates' thoughts on Sunday as they recalled the frightening moment.

Jonathan Drouin noted that Chara and other Bruins players were among those standing nearby to lend encouragement as Danault was tended on the ice.

"Everyone in the NHL is like that -- there's a respect for the other players," Drouin said. "It was an accident, a slapshot that got a bit too high and that hit him in the face.

"It's tough to see that, but it was an accident. When you see all the Boston guys who stayed, Bergeron gave him a little tap -- he knows Phil -- you forget about hockey, you put it aside."

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