Habs D Emelin has knee surgery

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin underwent reconstructive surgery on Tuesday to repair damage to both the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee

Emelin was lost for the year in early April with what was originally deemed a torn ligament in the knee.

The 27-year-old rearguard was injured during the first period of an April 6 2-1 win over Boston when he collided with Bruins forward Milan Lucic. Emelin appeared to line himself up to initiate contact against the burly Boston forward, but got the worst of the exchange and fell awkwardly to the ice.

In 38 games this season, the second-year blueliner posted three goals and nine assists. Emelin's recovery time is expected to be six months.