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Video: Habs’ Emelin knocked out of game after Lucic hit

Apr 6, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

The Montreal Canadiens have lost another defenseman as Alexei Emelin left Saturday’s contest after colliding with Boston’s Milan Lucic.

The incident occurred on Emelin’s fifth shift of the game, at the midway point of the first period. The Montreal blueliner looked as though he tried to hit Lucic, but ended up taking the worst of it:

At the end of the first, the Canadiens said Emelin had suffered a lower-body injury and wouldn’t return.

It’s a tough blow for the Habs, as they came into tonight’s game already down the services of injured defenseman Raphael Diaz, and only recently got Yannick Weber back after he missed nine games with a lower-body injury.

As a result of the Emelin incident, Montreal will now be forced to finish the game with just five healthy rearguards: Josh Gorges, PK Subban, Andrei Markov, Francis Bouillon and newly-acquired Davis Drewiske.

Of note, this isn’t Emelin’s first run-in with the Bruins this season.

In early March, his cross-check on Tyler Seguin prompted this response from B’s captain Zdeno Chara:

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Emelin also got into it last night during a spirited scrap with Winnipeg’s Evander Kane.

  1. mgp1219 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    RCMP on the way!!!

  2. dan46778 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Habsman would say it dirty hit

    • govtminion - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      He’d complain about the Bruins giving dirty looks in the pregame skate.

  3. barbarian9 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    To the first two posters: Come on! He just hurt his knee when he fell. End of story.

    Unlike Chara’s hit on Pacioretty, no one is going to complain about this one.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Looked like a fly getting hit by a mac truck.
      You shouldn’t send a boy to do a mans job.

      • theageofquarrel - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        So agree. Lucic just flat out ran him over.

  4. amerika1313 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Don’t like seeing guys get hurt, but he pretty much got what he deserved on that one. You take runs at guys, sooner or later that’s going to happen.

  5. bbgraf08 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Hope he’s not seriously hurt…but not Lucic’s fault.

  6. daveydawg - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Just waiting for Montreal to call 911

  7. barbarian9 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    @daveydawg: stop whinning!

  8. bruinsfan19 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Don’t try to hit Looch. You will fail like this lol no but seriously hope he’s okay

  9. thehighcountrybear - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Tres bummaire…?

    Where the hell does Lucic get off impersonating a bridge abutment?

    Something has to be done…is Eugene in the building?

  10. mclovinhockey - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Not sure why people are acting like idiots on this post. It was not dirty from any end but saying emlin deserved this is just moronic. It was a clean hit and an awkward fall. End of story. Why people joke about when pacioretty almost died (he broke his neck, usually when that happens it can lead to paralysis or death) is beyond me. Maybe Habs fans should keep brining up the racist comment B’s fans were saying last year.

    • amerika1313 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Who’s joking about the Chara/Pacioretty thing? One poster mentioned it, and he wasn’t joking about it. The only jokes even remotely related to that here are the ones about the incredibly idiotic response by Habs fans to call 911. Calm down.

  11. sjsharks66 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    This guy cant catch a break.

    • atteckus - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      I think he caught one … a broken kneecap.

  12. bigblueapple - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Watch the replay again, Lucic sees him coming and lifts his knee up to give him a charlie horse. Typical scumbag Bruin move, not surprising.

    So pleasant to see them lack the motivation to maintain their play style, gonna be a short playoffs… and even nicer to see their rent-a-player Jagr look COMPLETELY disinterested. Iginla dodged a real bullet not joining such an ignorant poorly designed franchise (we all know your recent cup run was a sham).

    Go ahead and dislike all you want, sweet dreams 4th seed.

    • stratomaticfan - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      You mean typical scumbag Hab that got what he deserved. Next time, try a clean check rather than leaving your feet. Surprised the refs didn’t award a phantom penalty to Lucic for defending himself against a dirty check…that’s usually how the refs roll in Montreal. Bad enough they looked the other way at the Habs stick holding, interference, and the 3 possible “too many men” infractions. But the rest of the league pretty much resigns itself to the fact that the NHL wants to give every opportunity to prop up Canada’s team.

    • makemulletsmandatory - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Watch the replay again, Lucic sees him coming and lifts his knee up to give him a charlie horse

      -thats also what the commentators said.

      Anyways, good win by the Habs.
      Emelin will be back, smothering and crushing foes as usual. He’s a wrecking ball. (even wreckingballs miss their buildings sometimes) And Marchand is a rat, too bad he didnt want to dance with Whitey

      • habssuck - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Wreckingball?? Well he is curled up in a ball and looks like a wreck…

    • nicknyhc - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      Lucic lifts his knee to give him a charlie horse?! Hahaha. What?!

      I suppose the refs should have called a 5 minute major for “Throwing a flying charlie horse” on Lucic then, huh?

      I think what you saw was Lucic skating fast, Emelin coming in for a hit, and Lucic defending against the hit and overpowering Emelin. Unfortunately, Emelin falls weird and gets hurt.

      Stop crying. And no, not a Bruins fan.

  13. dropthepuckeh - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:54 PM



    • bigblueapple - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Let us review shall we. What did I say in that post that was not true.

      TRUE: Lucic lifts his knee at the last second to give him a charlie horse.

      TRUE: Jagr looks disinterested (opinion but rather obvious, re-watch his shifts and see, buyers remorse incoming).

      TRUE: Iginla would not fit it with a classless wannabe rage-filled franchise (he even went as far as to request Penguins). He likes to play hockey not act like a villainous goon. DUH

      TRUE: Bruins are the 4th seed.

      Now F off with you, you lil weak inbred troll.

      PS: Nice dive by the captain in the 3rd (also TRUE). Wish the Habs could dive that well, and from 8 feet up, impressive

      • 8man - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        TRUE: Habs the better team right now.

        TRUE: The playoffs start in May, not tomorrow.

        TRUE: The Bruins are struggling today.

        TRUE: The 4th seed makes the playoffs.

        TRUE: An 8th seed won the Cup last year.

        TRUE: bigblueapple sounds like habsman and has smallpinknuts.

  14. bigblueapple - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Stopped reading right about here:

    “TRUE: Habs the better team right now.”

    Could not agree more. And with the stockpile of youth and draft picks, it will likely stay that way for a long, long time. See ya around, bozo.

    • drewzducks - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Congrats on being the stupidest fu&@ on this site imbecile. Littlrblueballs is gutter fodder.

      • bigblueapple - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        @Drewaduckz: Why don’t you try and make a valid point about hockey and then add a personal insult? Please tell me what I said that was so imbecilic specifically so I can submarine you with, oh I don’t know, LOGIC and FACTS.

        @8man: So because one team won a Cup with their goalie playing out of his mind (Quick) and on a real hot streak as an 8th seed (first 8th seed to ever win a cup from what I gather) you think you are sitting pretty at 4th after losing to your rival in a playoff-like game for first in the division? Also note the Kings record from that season, they were not a typical 8th seed, as a matter of fact if you looked closely at their 2011-2012 stats without looking at the rest of the conference you would be hard-pressed to even guess they were an 8th seed.

        But whatever makes you feel better, buddy. I personally would feel like crap if the Habs lost 2-1 last night. But hey, you see the bright side of things. More power to you. None the less, I still think judging from your posts you are not intelligent. And until you show some intelligence I will no longer be replying to you. Good luck and see ya in May, genius.

      • gallyhatch - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        “we all know your recent cup run was a sham”

        This is not a statement made by a person using logic and facts. It’s a statement made by a troll.

  15. lockjaw87 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Hey Halford how about a soup worthy article. It’s been too long. What did the guys do on their off day? The army awaits confirmation of all the poon tang pie they’ve been slurping.

  16. dolphincult - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Unbelievable……….no quotes from bruin players and coaches whining it was a dive? No Bruin fans posting the habs are pussies? All week long there has been b fans in every link talkn it up. What happened? Where are all you loud mouth bruin fans? I am not a habs fan but I have enjoyed the last 2 hab/bruin games cuz the rude bruin fan posters dissappear. To those who are classy bruin fans, good luck for the playoffs, I am certain no one wants to play you. The team looks as tough and physical as ever and doesnt the miss wing nut goalie.

  17. drewsylvania - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    The handle changes, but the bag of sh** stays the same.

  18. atteckus - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Emelin likes to make runs at guys. Its not limited to the B’s by any stretch. He wants a reputation as someone who makes hits. I’d have no problem with that if all of his attempts were clean. His cross-check into Seguin’s ribs was a dirty move. So when he busts a kneecap while trying to freight-train Lucic, even though his attempt on this occasion was a clean one, you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t shed a tear. It comes with the “big hitter” territory.

  19. billsin20xx - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    I think a bigger issue is look at the pads Lucic is wearing, he looks like a friggin d-lineman from football! It’s not just him, it’s all of them. Pads are so big, players feel like supermen, there’s no room on the ice, hard elbow pads need to go, goalies look like lax goalies – let’s ‘small’ it down!

  20. nosefacekillah - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Nothing better than watching another weak Canadian writhing on the ice after trying to play like a man.

    The Habs should take 3 things from this game.

    1. They are not physically built for the playoffs.
    2. They won the game after dominating a disinterested Bruins team by an AHL caliber defenseman kicked in during a terrible shift.
    3. They won playing a team with some of the worst line combinations I have ever seen.

    Why Claude would put Jagr on the 3rd line AND remove the only guy the generates (Peverely) is beyond me. The 4th line was out there with 1 minute in the game after doing nothing all night and no Seguin on the PP to end the game. I think the B’s may have thrown the game for some reason.

    • steverolley - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I dont understand your post

      You must mean Canadien not Canadian because Lucic was the only Canadian in this play

  21. gallyhatch - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I feel like I’m watching monkeys sling feces at each other when I read these threads.

    • steverolley - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      that is an insult to monkeys

      • gallyhatch - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        My bad, I apologize to any monkeys reading this thread. I have nothing against you guys.

    • bigblueapple - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Actually I feel like this particular thread is more like bears eating feces.

  22. arbruins - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Prediction, Habs out in first round…bigsmurfapple goes back into hole and watches the remainder of the playoffs on his parents living room television!

  23. theskinsman - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Emelin deserves anything that happens to him. Typical dirty player who tries to injure others,but becomes a punching bag when the opponent gives him what he deserves. maybe this classless POS should keep crosschecking Bruins in the ribs with his stick.he isn’t nearly tough enough to take runs at guys without it.Besides,he seems to get a free ride from the refs no matter what he does. There’s a reason he got his face pulverized in the KHL. Punk.

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