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Andrei Markov  #79

Montréal Canadiens  Defenseman
NUMBER: 79 BIRTHDATE: December 20, 1978  (AGE 36)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Voskresensk, Russia
WEIGHT: 197 DRAFTED: MTL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (162nd overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Markov has led all Eastern Conference defensemen in fan balloting for the second consecutive year -- in 2008 he received 316,136 All-star votes. <br /> <br /> He has now surpassed the 40-point mark in three consecutive seasons, making him the first Montreal defenseman to do so since Chris Chelios turned the trick from 1986-87 through 1988-89. <br /> <br /> He trains with his good friends, the Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin and the Buffalo Sabres' Maxim Afinogenov during the summers in Moscow. <br /> <br /> The Voskresensk, Russia native began his career as a forward before turning to defense. &quot;The coach in Russia just came to me and asked me before a game; 'Can you play defense?' I said; 'Yeah, I can play defense.' He put me in the first pair, and with good players around me it helped me a lot.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On being named an All-Star starter in 2008: &quot;You have to smile. It's a big thing for me and I hope it's not the last time. I'm still young and I'll try to do my best.&quot;<br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Montreal head coach Guy Carbonneau: &quot;Andrei is one of our quiet leaders, not a rah-rah guy but someone who shows up and plays hard every night. And he's maturing. I think he sees now that he's the guy we look at to strengthen the defense corps and take a lot of ice time, whether 5-on-5, the power play or penalty-killing. He's playing up to his potential&quot; <br /> <br /> Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek: &quot;Marky makes everyone around him better and he can turn a game around with one pass or one play ... he makes the types of plays only he can possibly make. His vision out there is amazing and he always seems to be in the right spot at the right time.&quot; <br /> <br /> Montreal captain Saku Koivu: &quot;He (shows) what kind of vision he has, and when you play with him, you have to expect a pass any time.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.faceoff.com/story.html?id=fd60c75b-4913-470d-a169-e06465e02e7e&amp;add_feed_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.faceoff.com%2Fcolumnists.atom">Markov lets his play do the talking</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://canadiens.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=18056">HabsTV: Markov 2007-08 Season in Review</a><br /> <br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div id="asstatsbox" style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007-08</td> <td>East</td> <td>8-7</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">2</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday