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Habs’ Emelin (knee) done for year after Lucic hit

Apr 8, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

The Alexei Emelin-Milan Lucic collision from Saturday’s Montreal-Boston game has turned out to be extremely costly for the Canadiens.

On Monday, the club announced that Emelin suffered a torn ligament in his left knee on the hit, an injury that will force him to miss the remainder of the season.

Here’s the hit in question:

Emelin initiated contact and was originally thought to have suffered a Charley-horse on the play.

Obviously, the injury is much more significant than that.

The loss will be a big one for Montreal, as the Russian blueliner was in the midst of a solid campaign.

He scored 3G-9A-12PTS in 38 games while averaging close to 20 minutes per night, leading the Habs in hits (110) and sitting third in blocked shots (47).

Emelin’s injury also further depletes the Canadiens’ defense. Raphael Diaz is on injured reserve with a concussion and the club only just got Yannick Weber back from a knee injury.

The move could force Tomas Kaberle, who has been a repeat healthy scratch this year, back into action, or the Habs could lean on one of their youngsters — 20-year-olds Jarred Tinordi/Nathan Beaulieu, or 22-year-old Greg Pateryn.

  1. 19to77 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Montreal D pipeline is second only to Pittsburgh’s in terms of depth. They’ve got a lot of callups to fall back on. This is a tough blow to take, though. Emelin’s a wrecking ball against most players. Just… not Milan Lucic, apparently.

    • nhloon - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Cam Neely esq, get outta the way !!!

  2. live4hockey - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Nice clean hit! Sucks he got injured.

    • nunan - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Thank you..I was honestly expecting to come here and read comments on how Lucic hurt him intentionally. Happens all the time whenever someone gets hurt, especially in games between these two teams. All common sense goes out the window. Clearly, all he did was brace for the hit. I think it was Emelin’s left leg that kind of got caught awkwardly on the ice when he landed…could have been the initial contact too because they do bump knees. Who knows? All it is though is bad luck. I’m a fan of Emelin’s. I like the way he plays.

  3. jpelle82 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    rough couple games for him, getting wailed on by kane then getting smoked by lucic. good luck in his recovery…he plays on the edge, this happens sometimes

  4. govtminion - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Something something racists, something something dirty hit, something something Campbell’s dad, something something arrest Lucic.

    Figured I’d save habsman some time and just do it for him.

    • sabatimus - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      It’s bad enough when habsman is here. I’m getting sick of reading about him when he’s NOT here. So I’d appreciate it if people stopped giving him copy.

      • govtminion - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Fair enough. Request noted.

    • sabatimus - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Thank you.

      • mikebel11 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Since you’ve got habsman covered, I’ll sub in for bruinsman commenting on the loss. Something something refs screwed us, something something Montreal cheated, something something we should be credited with a win cause its everyone else’s fault but ours that we lost. Something something little babies.

      • sabatimus - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Thanks for being a dick.

      • bingram20 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        As a Bruins fan they lost because they played horrible. Not the refs they were awful the other night. they have actually been played awful most of March and April hasnt started out all that great either. Just trying to be honest here.

  5. madtolive5 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    “Emelin appeared to be the one initiating contact ”

    Really appeared? Dude skated across the ice and lunged himself at Lucic.

  6. gallyhatch - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    The RCMP are looking into it though, right?

  7. DonkeyStick - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Oh no an injury, we can’t have that!!! Maybe they should consider hybrid checking too.

  8. earpaniac - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    If they are forced to play Kaberle, they better pray he doesn’t get hurt if they want to amnesty him.

  9. arbruins - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Is there a Bruinsman? Hope he gets back on his skates soon.

  10. bruinsfan19 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Has Montreal gone into a police investigation or this yet?

  11. mclovinhockey - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Hahaha bruins man :,) if you look on NHL Facebook bruins man sounds like terry Duffy JR

  12. dolanster - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Best thing I’ve read all day:

  13. upyourstodd - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    He who gives big hit, must take big hit. Things can go wrong where neither player is dirty. Such as this play.

  14. dropthepuckeh - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    You hate to see anybody get hurt but where are all the fools who said this guy has a plate in his face and Chara shouldn’t have beat him etc? The kid makes runs across the ice at guys and this is the third time (Chara, Kane, Lucic) that I’ve seen that he ended up paying the price as a result. Maybe he should play a finesse game if he’s so fragile (face not knee).

  15. uscthom78 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    y’all need to stop calling the coppers. Lucic aint going to be arrested.

  16. stretch61 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM


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