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Markov heads back to Montreal for treatment

May 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

Markov.jpgPer the Canadian Press, Habs defenseman Andrei Markov has returned to
Montreal to receive treatment for his “lower body injury” he suffered
after Matt Cooke’s big — but clean — hit in the first period of last
night’s game.

Markov was in obviously excruciating pain after he
awkwardly hit the boards, as gloves and stick went flying as he writhed
around the ice. While we’ll likely not get a full report on exactly what
the injury was, it seemed as if he injured his right leg as he slammed
into the boards. While speculating is likely going to get us nowhere
near the actual injury, it seemed as though Markov could have suffered a
tendon injury in his knee from the hard collision.

The hit was a
bit behind the play as Cooke finished his check, which explains the
melee that ensued as the entire Habs team on the ice went after the
NHL’s resident villain. It was a completely clean hit — this time —
but when you see one of your top players down on the ice and Cooke
skating away, it’s easy to see how the Canadiens would be a bit angry.

I’m not a big fan of fighting after clean hits, but in this case it’s

  1. Pens suck - May 1, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    How was Cooke’s hit any different than Hossa’s hit last week? From the side , player goes into the boards. The two arguments to Hossa’s hit were 1) Was the player injured? Hamhuis was stunned, but was able to skate off on his own. 2) Hossa was not a repeat offender, so he was not suspended, but he received a five minute major. Using those guidelines, Markov needed help getting off the ice and did not return to the game. And may miss some future games. Cooke, being a repeat offender, DID NOT EVEN RECEIVE A PENALTY!! WTF!!!

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