Andrei Markov will sit out the Canadiens' next three
games, serving a suspension after a reported altercation
with an official Saturday in Toronto.
MONTREAL - Andrei Markov will not be in the Canadiens' lineup for Tuesday's showdown with the Senators in Ottawa as he serves the first game of his three-game suspension following his altercation with an official in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.
Markov reportedly shoved a linesman immediately following the game in Toronto. While there was no video evidence of the incident, the details were written up in the referee's postgame report to the league. The official cited Rule 76 (a), Category Three, which calls for an automatic three-game suspension, with a provision for an appeal. The rule breaks down as follows:
Rule 76 Physical Abuse of Officials
Any player who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an Official, in any manner attempts to injure an Official, physically demeans, or deliberately applies physical force to an Official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an Official during or immediately following an altercation, shall receive a game misconduct penalty.
Any Player who, by his actions, physically demeans an Official or physically threatens an Official by (but not limited to) throwing a stick or any other piece of equipment or object at or in the general direction of an Official, shooting the puck at or in the general direction of an Official, spitting at or in the general direction of an Official, or who deliberately applies physical force to an Official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an Official during or immediately following an altercation shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games.
The Russian blueliner will miss Tuesday's game in Ottawa, as well as the Canadiens' next two home games against the Sabres and Kings on Thursday and Saturday.
The last time a Canadiens' player was suspended, the incident also occurred against the arch-rival Maple Leafs. Pierre Dagenais was slapped with a two-game ban for high-sticking Bryan Marchment at the Bell Centre on Jan. 24, 2004
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com