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NHL notebook: Habs' Emelin to miss the rest of the season

| Monday, April 8, 2013, 9:18 p.m.

• Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament. The 26-year-old Russian was hurt as he tried to check Milan Lucic of the Bruins on Saturday. He has three goals and nine assists in 38 games in his second NHL season. The Canadiens recalled Nathan Beaulieu to replace Emelin.

• Prime Minister Stephen Harper is urging NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to let the league's stars play in the Sochi Olympics. Harper said he speaks for all Canadians who want to see the country's top players don the Maple Leaf at the Winter Games next year. NHL players have been part of the Olympics since 1998 in Nagano, Japan. The league is mulling whether it is worth shutting down its season for a few weeks to allow its players to take part.

• Mark Messier was one of three recipients of the Order of Hockey in Canada for his contributions to the game. Messier, who won six Stanley Cups during a Hall of Fame career with Edmonton, the New York Rangers and Vancouver, was honored along with Paul Henderson and coach Dave King.

• Former hockey star Paul Henderson said he has responded well to leukemia treatment. Henderson is battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia. After seven months of treatment, Henderson says the tumor in his stomach has shrunk and he has regained 16 of the 18 pounds he had lost. The 69-year-old Henderson is best known for scoring the winning goal for Canada in the decisive game of the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union.

• Just a few days after acquiring Steve Mason, the Flyers signed the goalie to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million. The Flyers, who have been running out Ilya Bryzgalov on a nightly basis despite his sub-.900 save percentage, needed a backup who could play.

— Wire reports

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