Tag:Alexei Emelin
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:29 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 9:40 pm
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Video: Alexei Emelin hip checks teammate Cole

By: Adam Gretz

Thursday's game between the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens featured some pretty bizarre moments, but the highlight of the night just might have been Alexei Emelin executing a perfect, textbook hip check on Erik Cole.

Cole, of course, is Emelin's teammate, and he was sent flying after the Montreal defenseman whiffed on his intended target -- Minnesota's Nick Johnson -- resulting in Cole doing a complete front-flip.



And they say the hip check is a lost art.

Cole eventually returned to the game and seemed to OK, which is good news for him and the Canadiens.

One of the other noteworthy moments in the game took place late in the first period when Montreal forward Ryan White went a little crazy and started throwing punches at Stephane Veilleux as he was being held by Chris Campoli. White recorded 22 penalty minutes in the first period, including 17 for his series of punches (which you can watch by clicking right here).

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Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:49 pm
 

Ryan Malone goes a little crazy, gets ejected

By: Adam Gretz

During the second period of Tuesday's Montreal-Tampa Bay game, Lightning forward Ryan Malone had a bit of a meltdown and took out some serious anger on Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin.



This resulted in Malone being ejected for being the "aggressor" in the fight (if you want to call it a fight), and tallied 17 penalty minutes.

According to the NHL Rule book, being the aggressor is defined as follows:
The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.

A player must be deemed the aggressor when he has clearly won the fight but he continues throwing and landing punches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on his opponent who is no longer in a position to defend himself.

A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.

A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation will have this recorded as an aggressor of an altercation for statistical and suspension purposes.
Just before this incident took place, Emelin was issued a two-minute minor for intereference for a hit on Malone.

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Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:25 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Rich Peverley expected to miss 4-6 weeks

By: Adam Gretz

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Friday that forward Rich Peverley is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks with what is being called a third-degree MCL sprain in his right knee. The injury occurred on Wednesday night during an extremely physical game with the Montreal Canadiens when he was hit on a knee-to-knee collission with Hal Gill.

(Gill, of course, was traded to Nashville on Friday afternoon).

The incident took place early in the third period of Boston's 4-3 shootout win.



There was no penalty called on the play and no punishment from the league. This happened in the same game that also included the Brad Marchand clipping incident on Montreal's Alexei Emelin (that did not result in a suspension) and Montreal fans cheering after Zdeno Chara was hit in the face with a puck. Yeah, it's a tough rivalry.

Peverley's absence will be a big loss for the Bruins as he's been a quality player since joining the team last season in the trade that sent Blake Wheeler to Atlanta. In 49 games this season he's scored nine goals to go with 29 assists and has been a 40-point player in each of the past three seasons.

Also at Eye On Hockey

Marchand not suspended for clip

Montreal fans cheer Chara hit by puck
Gill traded to Nashville

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 4:41 pm
 

No suspension for Brad Marchand

By: Adam Gretz

The NHL has decided Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand will not be suspended for a clipping incident that took place during Wednesday's game in Montreal.

This decision is probably a surprise to some given that Marchand was suspended five games for clipping Vancouver's Sami Salo earlier this season (to be exact, it was just last month). Same player, same type of play. Seems reasonable to expect some sort of supplemental discipline. But that's not going to be the case.

The NHL's Vice President of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan, briefly addressed the play on Twitter Thursday afternoon and said, "Like all penalties on the ice, not all 'clips' rise to the level of supplemental discipline. This check by Marchand was delivered to the upper thigh/hip and not the knee area. We don't like it, but not SD."

"Not SD," of course, refers to no supplemental discipline.

Here is the play one more time in case you missed it the first time around:



It's fair to point out that this clip and the earlier play that did result in a suspension may not be exactly the same. But if there is going to be a criticism of the decision (and there is always a criticism of the league's decisions when it comes to disciplinary matters) it's that Shanahan admitted that the league didn't like it -- it, of course, being the hit. Coming from a player that was suspended for a similar play just one month ago.

If nothing else, that's going to bring up even more questions about consistency and NHL discipline. Seems like we've been down that road before.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Marchand called for clipping
Marchand suspended 5 games for clipping
Marchand excused from Cup DVD filming  for drunkenness
More NHL Discipline news

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Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:58 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Brad Marchand called for clipping Alexei Emelin

By Brian Stubits

Brad Marchand should probably expect another call from Brendan Shanahan in the near future.

In what was a chippy and penalty-filled affair between the Bruins and Canadiens on Wednesday night -- is there any other kind of meeting between them? -- Marchand was called for a two-minute minor for clipping Alexei Emelin. If that sounds familiar, it should. He was suspended five games earlier this season for clipping Canucks forward Sami Salo.

Here's a look at the play in question from this week.

Under most circumstances, this probably wouldn't warrant much attention from the league. But considering Marchand just recently was punished for breaking the same rule and the league frowns upon repeat offenders, this should at the least get a phone call.

In this case Marchand doesn't have much of a defense for going low, there was no threat of a hit coming from Emelin in this case. There's little doubt that he went very low, making plenty of contact below the waist on the check. But Emelin wasn't hurt on the play like Salo was and I suppose Marchand could say that it was just him slamming on the brakes.

Marchand is one of those players who plays on a fine line at all times and will cross it now and again. He admitted that he has to be reeled in from time to time. At the least, I'd expect Shanahan to do just that in this case if not more.

More from Eye on Hockey

Marchand suspended five games for clipping
Marchand was excused from DVD filming for drunkenness

More NHL Discipline news

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:46 pm
 

The Habs could get D Markov back on Wed.

By Brian Stubits

The Montreal Canadiens might be getting a very key piece to their puzzle back in the lineup on Wednesday.

According to RDS.cathe Habs could have their top defenseman, Andrei Markov, back for Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks. The report states (starting to wish I took French instead of Spanish, but Google translator is amazing) that Markov was skating with Alexei Emelin in practice on Tuesday.

Markov has not played since Nov. 13 of last season when he suffered a knee injury after falling awkwardly into the boards. The last time Markov played a full -- or close to -- season was 2008-09 when he had 12 goals and 52 assists in 78 games. The Habs would love to have that kind of production back on the blue line.

Over the offseason, the Canadiens, short on defense, inked the veteran to a three-year deal worth $5.75 million per season.

Without Markov and other members of an injury-riddled defense corps, they have been forced to rely on a lot of unproven young defenseman. Thanks in part to Carey Price behind them, the Habs rank ninth in the league in goals against. But it's the offense they would really love to get back from Markov.

After that epically bad beginning to the season, the Canadiens have smoothed things out and are now quietly floating just off the radar in the Eastern Conference. If Markov can give them the same production he used to, perhaps they won't be as quiet any more.

Photo: Getty Images

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