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Andrei Markov leaves game after Matt Cooke hit

Apr 30, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

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Hockey fans around the world drew a collective gasp as they watched Matt Cooke level another player with a big hit that left him writhing on the ice in pain.

This time, however, it was clearly a clean hit as Cooke caught Markov with a hard shoulder to shoulder hit along the boards, that sent Markov to the locker room with what looked to be a fairly serious lower-body injury.

Markov has been one of the top-minutes defensemen for the Canadiens in the postseason and was key in helping to shut down the high powered offense of the Capitals. We’ll update on his status when we can.

[Update] We’ve received word that Markov will not return to the game. PK Subban, time for you step up my friend. Again.

Here’s video of the hit:

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