Sunday, January 17, 2016

Watch: Emelin Levels Stastny with Massive Hit

We watched this hit several times, because it was a thing of beauty, and because we were praying that Alexei Emelin didn't hit the head of Paul Stastny on this massive, crunching neutral zone body check.

As it turns out, Emelin didn't get Stastny's head, which makes this wallop all the more laudable.

Hockey fans always talk about how much skill it takes to fire a twisted wrister or toe-drag around a defender. But to skate backwards with this type of speed and agility, timing a hit perfectly on a fast-moving puck carrier? Wow, now that is some skill, and not only that: It's downright dangerous for Emelin if he misses.