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Habs Continue Winning Ways

I picked a bad week to get too busy to recap Habs’ games, eh? Since the Olympic break the Canadiens have racked up a 6-1 record with wins in their last five games and the only blemish on their post-Olympic record coming via a 3-2 loss in San Jose to the powerful Sharks.

Since that loss Montreal has defeated the L.A. Kings, the Anaheim Ducks, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins to notch the league’s longest currently running winning streak. In seventh place in the conference with a four-point advantage over the Bruins in eighth and five points over the Rangers in ninth, the Habs now have a relatively quiet week with games on Tuesday and Saturday as other teams in the Eastern Conference catch up to our number of games played.

With Jaroslav Halak continuing his excellent play, Andrei Markov in excellent form and typically light contributors like the brothers Kostitsyn putting the puck in the net, the return of Mike Cammalleri (as soon as this Saturday) can only improve our already surging team.

Playoffs, here we come!

Injury Report

Andrei MarkovFirst Andrei Markov, then Ryan O’Byrne and then Glen Metropolit – and all in only the first two games of the regular season. Ouch.

Markov, arguably our best player and most definitely our best defenceman suffered a lacerated tendon in his ankle after getting tied up with Carey Price in Toronto on Saturday night and will miss somewhere between 2-4 months as he recovers from surgery that took place over the weekend. The loss of Markov puts even more pressure on Carey Price to keep the puck out and also leaves us with a big, gaping hole on the powerplay. Bob Gainey can either call up a player or two from the farm (Carle and Weber come to mind) or look into making a trade or signing a free agent.

Ryan O’Byrne suffered an ankle injury after blocking a shot last night in Buffalo and is expected to miss the next six weeks. O’Byrne has been steady so far this season and will be missed, especially in light of the Markov situation.

Glen Metropolit left the game last night with a reported upper body injury but it remains to be seen how serious the injury is and if he’ll miss time on the ice.

Andrei Markov

Andrei MarkovPotentially the Habs best player in the current season and most definitely the team’s quarterback for many seasons is defenceman Andrei Markov. Born in Russia on December 20, 1978, Markov was drafted by the Habs in the 6th round, 162nd overall, in the 1998 entry draft. Always considered one of the best d-men in Russia, Markov moved into the Habs roster in 2000, splitting time between the big club and the Quebec Citadelles of the AHL.

It didn’t take long for Markov to prove his worth and he has been a mainstay with the Habs since the 2001-2002 season. He managed 64 points last year, topping the Habs roster and accomplishing a personal best; 2009-2010 looked to be even more promising until a freak accident during a tangle-up with Montreal goaltender Carey Price saw Markov sidelined for four months with a severed tendon in his foot.

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