Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov grimaces after being checked by Penguins’ Matt Cooke. Markov left the game with a knee injury. John Mahoney, The Gazette
The Canadiens lost the opening match of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Penguins 6-3, but of bigger significance is the loss of star defenceman Andrei Markov.
Markov was hurt when he fell oddly after a hit by Matt Cooke. Markov was helped off the ice, unable to put any weight on his right knee.
P.K. Subban opened the scoring for the Canadiens, his first career NHL goal. But the Penguins got two on the power play before the period was over. Sergei Gonchar and Jordan Staal got pucks past Jaroslav Halak.
Kris Letang and Craig Adams added second-period goals for the Penguins, while Michael Cammalleri scored for the Canadiens, who trail 4-2 after 40 minutes. Alex Goligowski and Brian Gionta traded goals in the third period, which saw the Carey Price replace Halak after the Penguins’ fifth goal. Bill Guerin scored into an empty net to cap the scoring.
Game 2 goes Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Pittsburgh, with Game 3 and 4 in Montreal next Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.