Bruins' Lucic cries fowl, but Canadiens' Emelin no chicken

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin hip checks Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic at TD...

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin hip checks Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic at TD Garden in Boston, March 24, 2014. (BOB DeCHIARA/USA Today)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:59 PM ET

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 isn’t 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. That’s 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 night’s game, upending the 6-foot-3, 235-pound forward and sending him catapulting into the boards.

Clean check.


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