Canadiens-Islanders: Christmas Comes Early for Markov and the Habs

December 19th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 3 New York Islanders 0 (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)  


He could never be accused of being jolly, he is far more svelte than rotund, and, as he reminded us this week, his Christmas doesn't arrive until Jan. 7.

But, without question, Andrei Markov returned to the Canadiens' lineup bearing gifts tonight.

We wondered how long it would take for Markov to make a contribution. He hadn't played since the first game of the season on Oct. 1. Would it take him one game to regain his form? More? Had he come back too soon? On the "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcast, Guy Carbonneau was quick to point out that Markov looked rusty in his first shift or two.

It wouldn't take long for fans to learn the answers to their questions. Some broadcasters were left eating their words. Markov's impact on the Canadiens was immediate.

Markov scored his first goal of the season on the Canadiens' first power play opportunity. He sneaked in from the point and tapped one past Martin Biron. Markov got his second of the game, and the season, in the second period, again on the power play. This time he used a big shot to beat Bir ...

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