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Video: Emelin tossed for elbowing Downie

Dec 12, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin was given a five-minute elbowing major and game misconduct for this hit on Flyers forward Steve Downie Thursday night:

The incident occurred late in the second period and caused some confusion. No penalty was initially called on the play but, after some discussion, Emelin was informed of his fate and forced to leave the Montreal bench, ending his night.

There was some concern for Downie. The Philly forward has a history of concussions — he missed four games earlier this season after suffering one during a fight with Washington’s Aaron Volpatti — and needed help leaving the ice.

UPDATE: Downie returned to the Flyers bench for the start of the third period.


  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    I like Downie so it sucks seeing him sell that call like he did. Also hilarious to hear the Flyers broadcast constantly claiming he jumped into his head.

    Absolutely no reason for a 5 major. Terrible call by the officials. I hope I’m not the only one who thought this was a joke.

    • sabatimus - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Emelin stuck his elbow out and clocked Downie. It doesn’t get much more clear cut than that.

      • sjsharks66 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        Sure, he may have grazed Downie’s helmet. Do you think his reaction to that was legitimate? I have seen worse been let go or a 2 minute penalty. Do you also agree with them that he left his feet? Because they made it clear about 3-4 times.

      • sabatimus - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        The reaction to the hit was consistent with someone who’d been elbowed to the head. Doesn’t matter if he left his feet.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      You prove again how dumb you are. Did you watch the hit on a 13 inch tv? He clearly sticks his elbow out and gets him good. You obviously never played hockey. When you get your bell rung like that you lose your legs and balance. If you seriously thought that wasn’t a clear cut elbow then your dumber then I thought. Your biased opinions constantly show what little you know. The irony behind all this is your call out of embellishment after what your precious sharks did tonight

      • joey4id - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        ok! I completely agree it was a dirty elbow, and deserving of the 5 mins major, and perhaps a 2 game suspension (though may not be because the result of the elbow was minimal, by league standards and CBA), but, he did not get his bell rung. That’s a little drama you added to sell your point. Getting your bell rung equates to a concussion. Don’t let your allegiance for the Flyers skew your objectivity.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Getting your bell rung does not result in a concussion every time your completely wrong. There’s plenty of hits or punches in hockey or boxing where people get their bell rung without getting concussed. It’s a hard hit that rattles your brain and leaves ya dazed and a lot of times a good ol’ reality check

      • jdlinder11 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        When your brain hits the inside of your skull, it causes a concussion. “getting your bell rung” is a mild concussion.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        I don’t literally mean getting your brain rattled it’s a figure of speech. I know that most times when your brain gets rattled enough and hits the walls of your skull hard enough it can cause a concussion but when you get your bell rung it doesn’t cause a concussion every time

  2. tsac33 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Awfully delayed reaction.

  3. phillyphannnn83 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    ehhhhh, this might have been a dive. Looked like it may have been a whiff to me seeing it live and on the replay.

  4. statsdolie - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Ok since we’ve seen worse elbow to head hits it makes this hit less note worthy ? He had no intention of playing the puck based on his body movement and never tried to drop his chicken wing he had directed at downies head

  5. jkaplan11 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Penalty: Yes
    Suspension: Possibly
    Dive: Definitely

  6. mclovinhockey - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    There was contact, not much though, not enough to get that reaction… But as a player with a concision history who knows, maybe his head is a bit soft… Looks to me as he just tried to sell it. Although if it was a sell, not sure why he didn’t return in the period.

  7. dumptrucked - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    It was a good sell job but is absolutely major worthy. There is no place in the game for plays like this and the only way you discourage it is through stiff penalization. I don’t think at this point it is worth of a suspension but the officials made the right call.

  8. stcrowe - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Downie is a dirty little rat. I would chalk this up to karma, but he sold it so much that I doubt that it really hurt him.

  9. drewzducks - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Another gutless cheap shot by the 2nd most cowardly team in the league. Love the Flyers, to a man, responding like they did as well as their response to the two Habsissies ganging up on Mason.

  10. muckleflugga - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM


    in a 2006 canada v. u.s. junior hockey playoff game, jack johnson did a fly-by on downie, bluffing an elbow to the head from four feet away

    the elbow missed downie by a foot, but he went down like he’d been poleaxed; he did the worm so he did

    sports media in canada played it up as murderous assault, for a week…all except gord miller on tsn, the best play-by-play man in hockey, jim hughson notwithstanding

    nothing’s changed in spite of sabatimus’ claims; opinions from someone who has never embarrassed arena ice with his brooding ill-informed hulk, a condition as it were from wherein he would be able to offer anything but wind

    read the part on downie’s junior career in the enclosed…

  11. kastout11 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    No suspension. He came back after missing only a few shifts. Downie has been a stud since he was brought to Philly. Although, he was beat down against Wahington and missed a few games with a concussion, he has brought some fire to the team and has really sparked the team. It is no coincidence that they started playing a lot better when he returned from the concussion.

  12. montrealbbr - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Downie didn’t even get touched and took a dive. There is no reason that Emelin should be suspended. Downie threw himself back as Emelin was already to the boards. Bad call.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Can’t even imagine if it was a Flyer who hit a Canadien like that… the entire city of Montreal would be rioting. I can’t stand the way Habs fans react every single time their players are touched, but at the same time their guys are never guilty of anything.

    • joey4id - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Wow! Another fanatic losing his objectivity. It was a deliberate elbow to the head regardless, but certainly didn’t cause much damage to Downie because he came right back.

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