Alexei Emelin lasted just 20 seconds in Ottawa tonight.
The Habs defenseman attempted to hit Sens’ forward Mark Stone and crashed heavily into the boards in front of the Montreal bench.
He left the game left the game immediately.
The club is calling it an upper body injury.
Emelin has 13 points and a plus-10 rating in 54 games this season while averaging 19:57 in ice time.
The Canadiens are already without defenseman Sergei Gonchar who is nursing an
upper body injury following a hit from Leafs’ forward David Clarkson on Saturday night.
While Nail Yakupov and the Edmonton Oilers got the last laugh, they likely weren’t happy after this hit by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin:
There was no penalty on the play, but does that mean it was a legal check?
For what it’s worth, Yakupov returned to action and assisted on Anton Lander’s overtime game-winner. Emelin is a hard-hitting player, yet he hasn’t been suspended in his young NHL career.
The good news is that either way, the early word seems to be that Yakupov was able to shake it off. PHT will note if that changes, however.
Montreal blueliner Alexei Emelin won’t face any supplemental discipline for his hit on Dallas’ Jason Spezza from Tuesday night,
per La Presse.
Here’s the hit in question, which earned Emelin a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct:
Spezza’s nose was cut on the play, but he did return to action.
As for Emelin, the decision not to punish further comes
after he’d already run afoul of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety earlier this season. In November, the 28-year-old was fined $11,021.51 for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta.