Markov makes Pittsburgh trip

My, my. Look who’s arrived in Pittsburgh: it’s Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov (left) with fellow D Hal Gill.

Allen McInnis, Gazette

Andrei Markov, who has not been seen in public since he suffered an injury in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh series was on the team’s charter to the Steel City today. Earlier in the day, coach Jacques Martin said there was no news on Markov’s condition but it’s believed that he’s not ready to play.

Conor McKenna of the Team 990, who broke the news Markov had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, reports Markov has not had surgery and could suit up with the injury.

Sergei Kostitsyn, who has been in Martin’s doghouse, was not on the flight.

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Compilation of Game 4 no-calls



  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Saku makes Me pull for Finland, but I love Our Czechs and Slovaks too JJ …Canada: Gold, Finns: Silver, and Czechs or Slovakia for Bronze will be ideal in My book

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  2. SLONCOLD says:

    i tore mine, if you play without an acl you risk completely wrecking you meniscus… you’re also prone to tibia displacement.. even with a acl brace(i have a donjoy defiance 3 brace). without an acl, you can’t pivot.

    acl rehab is 6-9 month although it is possible to return in 5 months(which i did).

    to determine an acl injury u just need to preform a simple test, the Lachman test.

    the new thought process on acl tears is to rehab for 2 month first and then have surgery. it tends to make recover a bit quicker afer the surgery.

  3. J.J. of Turku says:

    …There is still one thing to do, but  better not to mention it and get this site an x-rated label… 😉


  4. habsman-itoba says:

    Naw, he was taken down.  I was sure there would be a penalty shot on that play.   But as it has been stated, 7 missed calls to one is not a level playing field..

  5. habs63 says:

    The way the game was refed last night, I am suprise they even let one Montreal slip and since we won. I’m taking it lol.

  6. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Malkin got his shot off before he leap a bit by trying to draw a penalty IMO. It could have been called and Gorges could have been assest a two minute penalty for tripping.

  7. 24 Cups says:

    There is no question that Johan Hedberg would be an excellent choice (assuming he doesn’t return to Europe).  He would be a great mentor, is content in that role, and is capable of playing and winning an extended series of games if Halak gets hurt.  He’s 37 and would probably take a one year deal.  That means Desjardins would get another year in Hamilton with a heavy workload which would be more beneficial than sitting on the bench.


  8. J.J. of Turku says:


    Good luck to team Canada too… If you need any…

    This time we really need good luck, our team is filled with players from Euro- and KHL-leagues. Even a bronze would be huge. I’ll be happy if we play against swedes and humiliate them 🙂 Beating the swedes with those guys would be as sweet as gold!


  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …try to slip-in some Nookie too JJ …it will help You relax

    …works everytime for Me …and puts a Bounce in Your step too

    …all work no play makes JJ a dull boy

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  10. mike g says:


    so the Habs got away with 1 non-call, compared to the Pens getting away with 7 non-calls….

    I guess that makes it equal, right??     puhleeze…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  11. habsman-itoba says:

    That was great, thanks!  The only thing missing was his plea to the refs last night after his stick got broken.  That was sad, made sadder only by the fact that it worked.

  12. 24 Cups says:

    Great point, Chris.  He could be the new version of MAB.

  13. light_n_tasty says:

    I thought Malkin tripped over Halak.

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …hope Finland takes Silver to Canada’s Gold JJ …Good Luck

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  15. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – I was thinking the same thing when I saw the new thread title.

    All of us here on the site have our own differing opinions about Gainey, Martin, the UFAs, the K brothers, Halak/Price etc.  There are no right or wrong answers on any of these topics.  They are all up for debate.

    Having said that, there is one undeniable truth that seems to be emerging in terms of our team in the post season.  They have great spirit and determination.  The intangibles displayed by this team are what is presently carrying them through.  That’s a glass half full (be it a Molsons or a Rusty Nail) no matter what side of the fence you are on.

  16. Chris says:

    I had always heard that you can play on a partially torn ligament, as some doctors like to wait until it is completely torn before repairing it.  Like you say, it would definitely take some pain tolerance…if he plays, I would really be surprised.

  17. habnagoodtime says:

    It was Moen. Moen had his man beaten and he was blatantly tripped…it was ridiculous. I watched it again on Canadiens Express and it made me even madder.

  18. habs-hampton says:

    Cedric Desjardins.

  19. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    He’ll be fine if the media understands his role and doesn’t run him out of town.

  20. VancouverHab says:

    This clip from Sportsnet today mocking Crosby is hilarious (apologies if it’s been posted alredy.)

  21. habs63 says:

    Montreal did get away with one last night, an important non call that could of turned the game for Pitts.

    When Josh G. tripped Malkin after he got the shot off on his break away.


    I wonder if that was a make non-call or not.

  22. habs63 says:

    Montreal did get away with one last night, an important non call that could of turned the game for Pitts.

    When Josh G. tripped Malkin after he got the shot off on his break away.


    I wonder if that was a make non-call or not.

  23. punkster says:

    Markov? Doubt he’ll play and jeorardize his career. But what a show of support to travel with the guys. Leadership, teamwork, heart and soul. Win or lose this team has it all. Who else feels the pride?


  24. habs03 says:

    While last year Tang didn’t want to play and “risk re-injuring” himself.

  25. shootdapuck says:

    Using that metric does Biron want to hear the “Biiiron” braying donkey in the Bell Centre?


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  26. topher5468 says:

    That would be my choice as well, Biron 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  27. terrygain says:

    Price wants to be number one, somewhere. He’ll sign an offer sheet.

  28. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I didn’t see anything special from pouliot this past game but  the game before it seemed like Gomez would hog the puck only looking for Gionta, or Gionta would have the puck and shoot instead of passing. I saw several occasions where Pouliot was in a good lane and wide open and he wouldn’t get the puck. I like him as a forechecker. During his hot streak, he had several breakaways – almost one a game.

  29. topher5468 says:

    That clip missed a big one, I dont remember who it was but if the final 2-3 minutes there should have been an Interference call when the habs were coming out of their zone and a Pitt player just stopped him, probably prevented an odd man break. Even That giant Douche Darren Eliot on Versus said the Pens just got away with one  

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  30. krob1000 says:

    IF you make it to nuumber 6 you aren’t trying hard enough!

  31. J.J. of Turku says:

     Hmmmm… Germany-USA 1-1, 7 mins left 3rd period…


  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    So could Martin Biron and he’d be cheaper and honestly, who thinks Theo wants to come back to Montreal? First bad game and it’s “The-o” all over again.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    So, where are the doubters questioning Markov’s commitment to the team?

    That’s what I thought.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  34. shootdapuck says:

    Believe it or not Theodore!

    He can mentor the number 1 and will satisfy the Pierre Boivin political wing AKA L’Antichambre!

    And cheap!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  35. J Haul says:

    Oh man, I was furious at that one. On the far boards right? I think it was Moen or Darche held up, but I could be wrong.

  36. J.J. of Turku says:

     Working really sucks these days…:)



  37. boris420 says:

    Not to worry, once you tear your ACL it’s gone, it’s done…you cannot make it any worse.

    They say it all depends on your pain tolerance so maybe he could tough it out.

  38. SPATS says:

    I see conditioning as Pouliot’s enemy right now. A gifted player, he showed earlier in the year (when he was fresh) that his puck sense and reaction were of 1st line quality. Now, I believe, he’s lost 1/2 a step and his reaction just isn’t there and it’s eroding his confidence. The harder he tries, the tougher it gets and the more he thinks… I believe JM knows this and is sitting him accordingly. He’ll be a monster next year after he gets his fitness dealt with. Oh, and the mustache is too funny!

  39. Castor says:

    Seriously. You can`t trust anyone.

  40. kakey says:

    Why not keep both, and sign Price at a discount since his value is not that high right now. If he continues to regress management will have a easier time to unload him, and if he returns to top form, we’ll have a bargain in our hand. Win-win.

  41. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    ha! EXACTLY the same for me too.



  42. 123456 says:

    my list is the same as i have project going on, funny how 2 – 6 sometiems get missed but never #1.

    secret mod

  43. petrov14 says:

    Ahahaha Laser pen duty! nice.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  44. petrov14 says:

    Maybe he’ll be behind the bench a la Denis Savard….

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  45. topher5468 says:

    Isn’t team 990 the ones who reported a torn ACL, well which is it damn it

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  46. krob1000 says:

    but Markov always gets injured and doesn’t try to play through the pain, he is another useless European…and Sergei travelling to Pittsburgh? via bandwagon? Maybe Sergei is on laser pen duty?

  47. longtimehabsfan says:

    Ditto, pal.

  48. longtimehabsfan says:

    Markov going to Pittsburgh is in line with the cohesiveness of this locker room.  Metro refused to let his injury lead to his playing his last game this year, now Markov is probably feeling the same.  Spacek is fighting his ass off to get back on the ice.  What a difference a year makes.

  49. topher5468 says:

    I wish we could know the real deal with marky, I would hate to have false hope that he could possibly return. How bizzare to have such conflicting reports, Mayber career threatning to a possible return, Its killing me.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  50. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    with guys like mason, turco, ellis, biron, all UFA the market won’t be great for us to make a trade. other guys maybe on the block would be tim thomas, josh harding and cory schneider. the return would suck compared to a year ago. best to resign and wait.

    halak gets a raise, price doesn’t. we keep both.

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cedrick isn’t ready, seen him a few times this year and he’s just not up to facing the NHL competition yet.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  52. J.J. of Turku says:

    These are hard times… Things I have to do:

    1. Wathc Habs’ playoffs

    2. Try to work

    3. Renovate home

    4. Hang around in HI/O

    5. Eat

    6. Sleep


    In that order…


  53. Castor says:


  54. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    crazy. even if he played a few minutes on the PP he’d be a great help. i love gorges and hamr but they ain’t PP guys.

    wow. i love markov.


    according to MA Godin (twitter) Sergei is heading to Pitts, just not on flight.

  55. LEAF KILLERS says:

    24. Cedric Desjardins

  56. J.J. of Turku says:

    My humble Finnish opinion: Niittymäki is perfect backup… And he’s from Turku 😉


  57. ed lopaz says:

    the fact that markov has not had surgery is very interesting.

    certain injuries to knee ligaments can allow the player to keep playing – with limited mobility and usually quite a bit of pain.

    here’s bob mckenzie’s explanation of an ACL injury. this might explain markov’s situation quite well.

    But when a player blows out his ACL, which ultimately requires extensive surgery and rehab (anywhere from six months to a year in some cases), tolerance to pain is the critical factor in whether a player can come back and play with the injury and without the ACL. The ACL stabilizes the entire knee but it is possible to compete without one, although a strong brace must be used to effectively replace the torn ACL.

    which means markov could be facing surgery in the off season, but he could play tomorrow night wearing a brace.

  58. Cable Guy says:

    Don’t go after anyone, we have Cedric in Hamilton that will fit nicely as the backup.

  59. HabFanSince72 says:

    Trading Halak would be surprising.

    I don;t see the point in trading Price either since he is not eligible for arbitration.


  60. LEAF KILLERS says:

    both Kostitsyns will be gone also Metro and Darche . Trotter, White, MaxPac , Maxwell and Palushaj will be given a chance. Hopefully they keep Moore. Go Habs Go

  61. DD says:

    When’s bettman going to cut to the chase and put little penguins with hockey stcks and gloves on the moronic sycophants wearing the black and white stripes? Come on Gary, even Healey noticed the biased penalty calls, and he’s so coloured blind, he can only see that loser shade of blue associated with that team we love to hate, playing golf right now, again.

  62. Harani says:

    Total aside but Eklund has ranked all the UFA goalies this summer. When/If one of Price/Halak gets traded, who should the Habs go after?

    1. Chris Mason
    2. Evgeni Nabokov
    3. Jose Theodore
    4. Dan Ellis 
    5. Martin Biron
    6. Mike Brodeur
    7. Antero Niittymaki
    8. Vesa Toskala
    9. Robert Esche
    10. Marty Turco
    11. Manny Fernandez
    12. Michael Leighton
    13. Peter Budaj
    14. Johan Hedberg
    15. Ray Emery
    16. Many Legace
    17. Wade Dubielewicz
    18. Andrew Raycroft
    19. Patrick Lalime
    20. Joey MacDonald
    21. Johan Backlund
    22. Alex Auld

    23. Steve Valiquette 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  63. TripleX says:

    Metro is probably still hurt and with a bum shoulder can’t play his style, thus the limited ice time.  AK and Pleks are not scoring but are doing it defensively.  AK was hitting and skating last game and was hardly a negative.  Pouliot?  I agree there.  Where is he?  How many times does he turn away from hitting a player in the offensive zone or bailing on the puck to avoid a hit. 



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  64. J. Ambrose says:

    Pleks and Metro get a pass because the former has been spending all his time on the PK fighting off the refs’ imaginary penalties, and the latter hasn’t seen any ice time (except last night). But, yeah, Pouliot and AK are supposed to be our trigger men, along with Cammy and Gionta, but now they’re packing pea-shooters.

  65. boris420 says:

    It’s been done my friend so don’t speak too quick, players have indeed played on torn ACL’s. The question is did he do surgery on it yet and do we have any proof that it’s actually a torn ACL.

  66. habnagoodtime says:

    If he went to the Kovalev Flying School, there is only a 50-50 chance the plane will take off because he may decide he doesn’t feel like flying today 🙂

  67. TripleX says:

    I assume Markov has put off a season ending surgery to wait and see how far the Habs go.  If he has enough time to rehabilitate the knee as far as swelling and pain go, he CAN play without doing more damage to the ACL. 

    It is simply insurance.  If he has the surgery it is over for him.  I imagine Markov wants to wait and he went with the team because he wants to be a part of it all and he has earned it.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  68. chilli says:

    It would be really nice if Poulliot, Pleks, Metro and Big Tits contributed some offense. Pyatt and Lappy have been playing great. I still like Poulliot but he really does spend more time picking himself off the ice than John LeClair used to do. The kid skates on banana peels.

    Crosby has a 5 point game in him coming soon. Hopefully in summer league.



  69. SLONCOLD says:

    if he tore his acl, he can’t play this quickly after tearing it… even with a brace

  70. habsfan0 says:

    Maybe he was just flying the aircraft. I understand he took flying lessons from Kovalev.

  71. habnagoodtime says:

    Question for Hickey:

    Was he on crutches…in a wheelchair…walking…running…in full equipment ready to go?

  72. Colex says:

    What a huge lift a Markov return would be.Not holding my breath though

  73. Iceberg84 says:

    The canadiens never confirmed the injury, maybe the news reports were wrong? They were clearly off about Staal’s injury, to an extent at least. Or maybe they’ve decided that an injured Markov is still more reliable than Bergeron.

    Plus, if he was seriously injured, shouldn’t he have stayed in Montreal to rest and recuperate? Unless he’s going for moral support, but considering his inability to speak English, I can’t see that as a possible reason.

  74. Corio says:

    wow it’s crazy how blatant some of those were..

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