As the NHL season progresses, certain truths become evident.
One is Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic does a lot of things very, very well, but stickhandling the truth isnít one of them.
Lucic has a wonderful personal rivalry with Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin which adds another layer of animosity, it seems, with each meeting.
Monday night was no different.
I love the way both of them play the game. Both are unflinching competitors. Emelin, one of the best open-ice hitters in the game, blew his knee out last spring trying to take a run at Lucic at the Bell Centre. Thatís a move few right-side defencemen would even contemplate, never mind attempt.
There were more furious collisions between the two a couple of weeks ago in Montreal with Lucic getting the better of Emelin with a couple of smashes into the boards.
Undaunted, Emelin executed what looked like a near-perfect hip check in the opening couple of minutes of Monday nightís game, upending the 6-foot-3, 235-pound forward and sending him catapulting into the boards.