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Andrei Markov  #79

Montréal Canadiens  Defenseman
NUMBER: 79 BIRTHDATE: December 20, 1978  (AGE 35)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Voskresensk, Russia
WEIGHT: 201 DRAFTED: MTL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (162nd overall)

Ranked tied for 2nd among NHL defensemen in Nov. in assists (11) and tied for 3rd in points (12)… Obtained 2 assists and 5 blocked shots on Dec. 31 at CAR… Recorded 2 goals (including the game winner) and a +2 differential on Jan. 11 vs. CHI… Led the team in Jan. in average time on ice per game (24:27)… Suited up for Russia at the Olympic Games in Sochi… Led the team in Feb. with 5 assists… Tied a personal-high with 3 assists on Nov. 1 at MIN, on Nov. 27 at BUF and on March 1 vs. TOR… Had a 5-game assist streak (Feb. 6 to March 1), posting a 0-7-7 record… Led the team in March in time on ice per game (25:12) and blocked shots (36)… Produced 1 goal and a +3 differential on April 4 at OTT… Led the team in April in ice time per game (26:11)… Blocked 9 shots on April 20 vs. TBL…

WJC-A First All-Star Team (1998) Russian League All-Star Team (2000) Russian League - Most Valuable Player Award (2000) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2008, 2009) Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), June 19, 2004. Missed majority of 2010-11 and 2011-12 due to knee injury vs. Carolina, November 13, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Chekhov (KHL), October 3, 2012.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round