MONTREAL - Andrei Markov had a milestone night, Friday night in Buffalo. The veteran defender, who has recorded nine points in his last five games, put on an offensive clinic at First Niagara Center, collecting one goal and four assists for a total of five points. It's not every day that we see players celebrate 5-point nights in the NHL, especially by veteran defensemen.
Here are some figures to put everything in perspective.
24 - Number of players who are at least 36-years-old who are currently active in the NHL. Among these players only nine are defenders, including Andrei Markov.
10 - Number of defenders in the NHL who have celebrated five point nights since the turn of the century. The last defenseman to reach the milestone before Markov was Penguins’ Kris Letang on January 27, 2015, at the age of 27 years. Since 1987-1988, when individual game statistics began to be compiled, only 35 defenders have managed the feat with Flames’ defenseman Gary Suter leading the way, having amassed five points in his career five separate times.
1671 - Number of days that had passed since a veteran player aged 36 or over collected a five-point night. The former record holder Teemu Selanne, accomplished the feat on March 28, 2011, with three goals and two helpers at the age of 40-years-old.
10 - Number of players 36 years-old or over who managed to put up five points in the same game since 2000. The start studded list includes Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Mark Recchi, Joe Sakic, Alex Kovalev, Jason Blake, Teemu Selanne and Ray Whitney. Note that Markov is the only defender on the whole list.
3 – Number of active defensemen in the NHL who have reached the 500-point plateau in their careers. Andrei Markov recently added his name to the list which also includes Dan Boyle and Zdeno Chara.