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Canadiens D Alexei Emelin done for season after tearing knee ligament

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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As if failing on an attempted check of Milan Lucic wasn't bad enough, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin will miss the rest of the season.

In Saturday's game against the Bruins, Emelin thought he had Lucic lined up for a big hit in front of the benches. There was just one problem with that: Lucic is a really big guy and he saw it coming. The result was Emeling being dealt the bad end of the hit.

Emelin was down on the ice but not in shame; he was injured. On Monday, the Canadiens announced he was indeed hurt badly, tearing a ligament in his left knee. Emelin will miss the remainder of the season.

Ouch.

In the last replay angle from the video above you can see Emelin's leg being caught in a very awkward position as he falls to the ice. Before he was even finished tumbling, Emelin was already clutching at his knee, the pain immediate.

Emelin's absence is a big loss for the Canadiens moving forward. While he doesn't provide a wealth of offense from the blue line -- he does have three goals and nine assists, however -- he does play a lot of minutes, a little more than 19 per game this season.

The Habs will miss the physical edge he brings to the game; he is a big hitter -- this one not included.

Between this injury to Emelin and Raphael Diaz continuing to sit out with a concussion, the Habs defense that has been so solid this season is getting a little thin. But they still have PK Subban and Andrei Markov so it's not like these injuries are a death knell for their season, though they are not a better team with Emelin on the injured list.

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