Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin is helped by a trainer after being checked by Boston Bruins bruiser Milan Lucic, not shown, during first period Saturday night at the Bell Centre. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin obviously didn't know who he was lining up for a hit on Saturday. If the 26-year-old Russian had known, he wouldn't have made the foolish decision to go after Boston Bruins bruiser Milan Lucic.
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin obviously didn't know who he was lining up for a hit on Saturday.
If the 26-year-old Russian had known, he wouldn't have made the foolish decision to go after Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic.
With Lucic carrying the puck towards the Bruins' bench area, Emelin attempted a check on the 230-pounder bruiser.
Instead, Emelin bounced off Lucic like a tennis ball off a brick wall.
The Canadiens blue-liner then fell against the boards. Emelin was in obvious pain and was taken to the dressing room, appearing to favour his left leg.
He did not return to the game.
(UPDATE: Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo reported that Emelin was seen leaving the Bell Centre on crutches and wearing a brace on his left leg.)
Tony CareA graduate of Ryerson University, senior writer Tony Care began his journalism career in 1996. He joined CBCSports.ca in 2003 and has covered a wide range of sports, including hockey, football, baseball and the Olympics.
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