Video: Tempers flare after Emelin’s dangerous cross check on van Riemsdyk


Emotions boiled over between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens at the end of Saturday’s game.

The Habs held on for a 2-1 win over their long-time rivals, but a large scrum developed at the buzzer after Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin hit Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk dangerously from behind into the boards.

Emelin was given a major penalty for cross checking, but it remains to be seen if the incident will warrant further discipline from the league.

This was a physical game at times, and the Emelin cross check wasn’t the only dangerous hit of the night.

Matt Martin was given a boarding minor earlier in the third period, after running Nathan Beaulieu from behind into the boards (as seen above). Beaulieu took exception to the hit and a brief scrap occurred between the two players.