Defenseman Alexei Emelin collides with boards, leaves game (Video)

It took a mere 20 seconds for the Montreal Canadiens to lose their second defenseman in three games.

Alexei Emelin appears to get inside on Ottawa’s Mark Stone. As the two collide, Emelin goes down and hits the boards violently with his upper body. He immediately reaches with his left hand to the right collarbone/shoulder area.

Take a look (via Some Hockey Videos)…

The defenseman left the game under his own power. The team released no other information other than Emelin would not return.

On Saturday night versus Toronto, Habs d-man Sergei Gonchar took a nasty shot from David Clarkson. Gonchar left the game and did not return. He was scratched for the game against the Senators.

The situation surrounding Montreal’s defense almost went nuclear late in the second period when P.K. Subban blocked a Bobby Ryan shot and was visibly ailing on the ice; so much so, Subban’s partner Andre Markov helped him off the ice with a shove on the butt.

Subban went to the locker room, as the entire province of Quebec held their breath. Luckily, he returned to play in the third. He didn’t look entirely comfortable skating, but he’s out there, so that’s a good thing. The next big test is to see how his foot reacts once he takes the skate off.

It’s not a secret that Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is on the look out for a defenseman to join his team for the playoffs. Available defensemen are at a premium, and most playoff bound teams are looking for one (or two). Here’s the list assembled by Sportsnet of some of the candidates.

Yeah… that’s a list, that’s for sure.

March 2nd’s trade deadline will be here before we know it.