Back at practice, the view from the press gallery.
Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin took an errant Yannick Weber shot in the left cheek (upper-body cheek) near the end of practice in Brossard Friday morning, a puck that dropped the Russian and kept him down on the ice for a good while. Emelin finally was helped off the ice by two athletic therapists.
Weber told me he apologized to Emelin. “I think it looks worse than it is,” Weber said. “That part of the face (the cheek area) swells pretty quickly.”
Coach Randy Cunneyworth suggested that Emelin, who was caught “in the meaty part of the face,” should be OK for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Captain Brian Gionta looks ready to return, having skated on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri. The decision will be his at game time.
The Lightning had a 2 pm practice scheduled for the Bell Centre downtown, but they’ve cancelled that.
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Video below of Habs’ Gionta, Subban and Gill.