Habs’ Alexei Emelin throws best hip check of the year
For those totally unfamiliar with the rivalries of the old Northeast Division, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens do not like each other very much. So naturally, things got a little ugly between the two teams in Monday’s contest.
As Bruins left wing Milan Lucic advanced the puck through the neutral zone and passed to a teammate, Emelin came over and unleashed some rage with a hip check strong enough to take down the hulking Lucic. Check out the video below, hat tip to Pro Hockey Talk:
While Lucic has the height advantage on Emelin, both stand at about 230 pounds, so Emelin certainly was not intimidated as easily as many others around around the league have been by Lucic. Of course, Zdeno Chara is an entirely different animal at 6’9″ and 255 pounds, so his blind-side cross check obviously knocked Emelin down following the hip check.
Things were unsettled between Lucic and Emelin after that incident, as the Boston forward took this opportunity to spear Emelin in a region where no one should be venturing in any sport. After the game, Lucic also said of the hip check, “Whether it’s fair, legal or whatever you want to call it, if he wasn’t scared, he would stand up and hit me and not go after my knees.”
Personally, I think the hip check is a bit of a lost art these days. But regardless of your opinion, very few players these days (at any level of hockey, not just the NHL) are landing the big hits by just lining guys up, getting their shoulders low, and driving through their opponent. So many hits are just players pushing their opponent with their hands in a cross-checking fashion.
Take a lesson from Brian Campbell, kids.
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