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Video: Alexei Emelin’s hip check catches teammate Erik Cole

Mar 1, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

On paper, a Minnesota Wild-Montreal Canadiens game should be as drab and depressing as the two teams’ current states. The beauty of sports is that a little violence and odd bounces can make even a seemingly bland game a hard-hitting, thrilling and weird 5-4 OT affair (which Montreal won), though.

The strangest moment came when Alexei Emelin delivered a bombastic hip check that would have been awesome if Erik Cole was wearing a Wild jersey:

“Questionable accuracy” might be high on the list of “reasons why the hip check is dying,” then.

(No. 1 reason, I’d guess: almost everyone skates really fast now.)

  1. scottybcboy - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    5 games for clipping
    -Brad Marchand

  2. danphipps01 - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    And the Montreal sideshow continues! At least they weren’t actually trying to hurt each other this time, as opposed to the last… hang on, are we up to three or four practice fights this season?

    • habsman - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      Whats wrong with practice fights?

      • banshee950 - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:54 AM

        nothing wrong with a practice fight I guess…its just that they won’t be able to swing thier purses like that in a real game. whatever, to each his own.
        BTW nice sucker punch last night, guess the habs have given up on being the classiest team on the golf course.

      • habsman - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        It was a sucker punch by White. And it wasn’t cool.

  3. blomfeld - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    *** COME ON EVERYBODY ! ***

    Saturday: Kings 4 – Chicago 0

    Monday: Nashville 2 – Kings 1

    Tuesday: Kings 4 – Minnesota 0

    the bottom line friends, is that we’re currently the hottest team in the NHL ! … yes siree, we LA Kings have crushed the opposition by a whopping score of 9-2 just during our last three games ! … and to be honest, we haven’t even brought our “big guns” to bear yet ! … so “come on” everybody, this is sure going to be one helluva ride ! :)

    • taytay099 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Okay then.

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