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.
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.