The last time we saw Montreal Canadiens center Phillip Danault, he was being carried off the ice on a stretcher.
Back on January 13, Danault was in the wrong place at the wrong time as he got drilled in the head by a Zdeno Chara slap shot from the point. The young center remained down on the ice for a few minutes before taken to an area hospital and held overnight for observations.
“I saw it at the last second,” Danault said of the shot on Monday. “Chara’s got a heavy shot and fast, so I got lucky there. … Unlucky, but really lucky at the same time. It could have hit me in the jaw. It could have been way worse. I’m lucky to be here and happy to be 100 per cent today.”
After being off the ice for nearly a month with “concussion-like symptoms,” Danault practiced for the first time with his Canadiens on Monday. He will join them on their four-game road trip to Colorado, Arizona, Vegas and Philadelphia, but it is unsure when he will return to the lineup.
“Hopefully he gets the green light at some point,” head coach Claude Julien said of Danault, per the Montreal Gazette. “I don’t know when, but we’re bringing him on the road trip because there is a possibility he could at (some) point.”
.@phildanault a fait le voyage à Denver avec ses coéquipiers. Phillip Danault made the trip with his teammates to Denver.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/dVvAHZP1zR
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 13, 2018