Phillip Danault

Phillip Danault

G
5
A
19
Pts
24
+/-
9
PPP
0
SOG
73
Bio
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/200 lbs
Born: Victoriaville, Canada
Draft: 2011 1st round (26th pick) by the
Shoots: L
  • Montreal's Price, Gallagher prep for postseason in minors
    Associated Press

    Montreal's Price, Gallagher prep for postseason in minors

    Montreal Canadiens players Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher returned to the minor leagues on Monday night for a one-game stint in an effort to get up to game speed ahead of the NHL playoffs. Price and Gallagher, who have been sidelined with injuries, suited up with the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket in a 2-0 loss to the Toronto Marlies. The players were on a conditioning assignment and are expected to rejoin the Canadiens before Thursday’s playoff opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • The Canadian Press

    Price, Gallagher see game action with AHL Rocket in preparation for NHL playoffs

    MONTREAL — Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher returned to the minor leagues on Monday for a one-off appearance in an effort to get up to game speed ahead of the NHL playoffs. Price and Gallagher, who have both been sidelined with injuries, suited up with the American Hockey League's Laval Rocket in a 2-0 loss against the Toronto Marlies. Both players were on a conditioning assignment and are expected to rejoin the Montreal Canadiens ahead of Thursday's playoff opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I really wanted to play a game before the playoffs started, (general manager Marc Bergevin) approached me and asked and told me it was 'totally your call if you want to do it,' and I was all for the idea. You can't simulate game action," said Gallagher. Price — who missed several games this season with a lower-body injury and a concussion — started off slow on Monday, allowing two goals on four shots in the first 4:11 of the game before finishing with 13 saves on 15 shots in two periods of work. He was scheduled to split time in net with Cayden Primeau, who only faced two shots in the third period. The star netminder had not played since Apr. 19 when he collided with Edmonton Oilers forward Alex Chiasson. "He's excited. It's never fun being out of the lineup. He's eager to be back," Gallagher said when asked about Price, who didn't talk post-game. "The excitement and hunger is there and it's nice to see." Gallagher, meanwhile, picked up a double minor for high sticking in the third and had two shots on net while playing on a line with Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Jordan Weal. Gallagher broke his thumb when he blocked a shot by teammate Alexander Romanov against the Oilers on Apr. 5. The winger missed his team's last 21 games of the season. "I feel good. Injury is now in the back of my head," said Gallagher. "Certain areas (could be better), but I'll blame that more on the lungs. Pretty confident in myself and will be able to jump in with the big boys come playoff time." Bobby McMann and Stefan Noesen scored while Michael Hutchinson made 39 saves for the Marlies (15-16-2), who won their fourth game in a row. McMann beat Price glove side from just inside the left face-off circle with a quick wrist shot while on the power play after taking a feed from Justin Brazeau, who was standing on the goal line to the right of the goaltender. A turnover behind the Laval net led to the puck popping out front of Price for Noesen to slide in blocker side with a backhand less than two minutes later. Price is 12-7-5 with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage in 25 games with the Canadiens this year. Gallagher has 14 goals and 23 points in 35 games this year with the Canadiens. Price last suited up in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the 2007-08 season, while Gallagher dressed for the Bulldogs in 2012-13. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2021. The Canadian Press

  • 'Long overdue': Leafs, Canadiens legends eagerly awaiting playoff series
    The Canadian Press

    'Long overdue': Leafs, Canadiens legends eagerly awaiting playoff series

    Frank Mahovlich can't pick a side. And really, who can blame him? The Hall of Famer won four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs — including the franchise's last title in 1967 — and two more as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in the early 1970s. So when the Original Six rivals open their first playoff meeting in 42 years later this week, Mahovlich will simply be an interested observer. "I won't be cheering for either one of them," the 83-year-old said with a laugh during a recent phone interview with The Canadian Press. "I don't want to make anybody upset. They're both great teams and they treated me so well." The Leafs and Canadiens used to meet regularly in the playoffs, tussling eight times between 1951 and 1967 before the NHL started to expand. "It was electric," Mahovlich recalled of the atmosphere inside the Montreal Forum or Maple Leaf Gardens. "You stepped on the ice and people were cheering like crazy ... and nothing's happened yet." The rivalry between Canada's two biggest cities, of course, goes far beyond sports, with long, complicated threads woven through history, language, culture and economics. "There has always been a competitive nature between Toronto and Montreal," said Brian Conacher, a member of the '67 Leafs. "There's always been this competitive spirit both on and off the ice. "It was a lot of things. It was a very big deal." The final in 1967 — Toronto's last playoff victory over Montreal came on May 2 of that year — was important for a number of reasons beyond the game. "It was the last playoff series of the Original Six, it was Toronto against Montreal, and it was Canada's centennial," Conacher added. "It was also Expo 67 in Montreal, where the expectation was that the Canadiens would be showing off the Stanley Cup in the Quebec pavilion." Darryl Sittler entered the league with Toronto in 1970, and it didn't take long for him to grasp the importance of Leafs-Canadiens through his veteran teammates. "I got a real pulse and feel for the tradition, the rivalry and the respect the organizations had for each other," he said. "The Habs were my favourite team growing up as a kid. Jean Beliveau was my idol." But there would be just two more post-season matchups post-1967, with Montreal's powerhouses of the 1970s sweeping Toronto four straight in both 1978 and 1979 on the way to winning the Canadiens' fifth and sixth Cups of the decade. "It's historic," said Scotty Bowman, who won five titles as Montreal's head coach. "We had a good rivalry." "Everyone sees that we won four straight games and we had nine Hall of Famers," said former Canadiens defenceman Larry Robinson. "But as anyone who's played knows, no game is easy. "The games were a lot closer." The fourth and final encounter at the Gardens in 1979 ended controversially when Leafs forward Tiger Williams took a penalty for high-sticking on Robinson in overtime. The blue-liner blasted home the winner on the ensuing power play, but along with some of Toronto's players, had to restrain an irate Williams from going after the referee. "Tiger is a great person and wore his emotions on his sleeve," Robinson recalled. "Was it a penalty? Was it not a penalty? Who knows? The fact that your team loses because you take a penalty and it's in overtime and there's not many penalties called in overtime, it was a unique situation. "Nobody wanted to win more than Tiger ... we were able to save him (a suspension)." Lanny McDonald credited Robinson for putting his own celebration aside to do the right thing, even in the heat of the moment. "Good for Larry," said the former Toronto winger. "That's the kind of guy he is. A true sportsman ... it could have been a whole lot worse." Part of the reason the Leafs and Canadiens, who open their pandemic North Division playoff series Thursday at Scotiabank Arena, haven't met in the post-season for more than four decades is because they resided in different conferences for much of the 1980s and 1990s. The teams got close to a dream matchup in the 1993 final, but Wayne Gretzky's Los Angeles Kings eliminated Toronto in Game 7 of the conference final before falling to Montreal — Canada's last Cup win. "Everyone was looking forward to the Leafs and Habs playing," said Sittler, who was part of Toronto's management at the time. "That would have been special. It's nice that this is happening. "Who knows if it's going to happen again for 42 years?" Speaking of long droughts, the Leafs haven't won the Cup since trading Mahovlich to the Detroit Red Wings in 1968. A family legend goes that his older sister, Anne, put a curse on Toronto that seems to have stuck. "She hasn't taken it off," joked Mahovlich, who was subsequently dealt to Montreal in 1971. "I don't know what's going to happen. "She was upset." Regardless of what does happen, a matchup generations in the making is finally here. Fans, while not allowed in either arena because of COVID-19 restrictions, are bubbling with excitement. The same goes for some of the game's greats. But unlike Mahovlich, most won't have difficulty choosing sides. "My heart his still with the Montreal Canadiens," Robinson said. "This is long overdue," McDonald added. "I'll be glued to the television set. "Can't wait." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2021. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press