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Canadiens lose Emelin for season to knee injury

Monday, 04.08.2013 / 11:58 AM / News

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Canadiens lose Emelin for season to knee injury
The Montreal Canadiens learned Monday they will have to play the remainder of the season without defenseman Alexei Emelin.

The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that defenseman Alexei Emelin will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Emelin was injured midway through the first period of the Canadiens' game Saturday against the Boston Bruins, when he collided with Milan Lucic but fell awkwardly, injuring his knee.

In his second NHL season, Emelin, 26, had three goals and 12 points in 38 games, and led the team with 110 hits.

The Canadiens should have forward Rene Bourque back in the lineup when they host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, however. Bourque, who last played on Feb. 21 and has been on injured reserve with a concussion, confirmed Monday he expects to play.

Bourque has five goals and 10 points in 17 games this season.

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You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals