Flyers Notes: Downie elbowed; Emelin ejected

Flyers Notes: Downie elbowed; Emelin ejected

Downie shaken up after elbow by Emelin

December 13, 2013, 11:00 am
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Alexei Emelin (left) elbows Steve Downie in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Canadiens. (AP)

Alexei Emelin received a five-minute major and game misconduct for his elbow to Steve Downie in the second period of the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Thursday (see story). While the transgression itself may have been accidental, Emelin was still ejected for the game.

Emelin’s teammates, though, didn’t get a good enough look to make much of a decision on whether he deserved the harsh penalties.

“Not enough to really make a judgment or a comment on it,” Josh Gorges said. “It looked like he stepped up on him, and Downie made a sudden move. I couldn’t tell you where the contact was made or anything other than that.”

The Flyers were unable to capitalize on their five-minute power play -- something that usually spurs momentum for the team killing off the penalty. That wasn’t the case Thursday night.

“We did a good job killing it,” Brian Gionta said. “You want to get momentum off of that, and we tried, we just couldn’t generate too much. We started too late, we started to come on toward the end -- get some good chances and get pucks on net.”

Swiss connection
Here’s something you don’t see very often: two Swiss players squaring off in the NHL.

Flyers defenseman Mark Streit and Canadiens blueliner Raphael Diaz both represented Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympics and could again be teammates this year in Sochi.

According to Hockey-Reference.com, there are only seven players -- including Streit and Diaz -- currently playing in the NHL who were born in Switzerland.

Christmas surprise
The Flyers surprised the Windish family of Wilmington, Del., at Thursday’s game with what at first looked like an oversized G.I. Joe box. The family thought they were at the game to watch a video tribute to their son, who is serving with the Army in Korea.

Instead, private first class Matthew Windish surprised his parents by popping out of the box during the game’s second period. His parents had no idea that he had returned home.