No hearing for Emelin after Downie elbow

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Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin has no disciplinary hearing scheduled for his elbow on Philadelphia’s Steve Downie, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports.

Emelin was given a five-minute elbowing major and game misconduct for a hit late in the second period of Thursday’s 2-1 loss, as seen here:

The incident 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.

Downie did return to the Flyers bench for the start of the third period and played 6:44, finishing with 18:29 TOI for the game.