MONTREAL – When even Andrei Markov
is a chatterbox, you know the Habs must be on a roll.
Normally the strong silent type, Markov couldn’t say enough following the Canadiens fifth straight win.
“I feel like we’re playing well right now, but there is still a long way to go,” said Markov. “I’m playing well, but I always hope that my best game will be my next one. I enjoy every game I play and I appreciate every shift I play, especially at this time of the year.”
In case you’re wondering why Markov is giddy these days, look no further than his current six-game point streak or his plus-8 rating since the Olympic break. His team’s 6-1 mark over that span hasn’t hurt either.
“I might be well rested since I was out for so long this year, but I still feel pretty terrible after a tough game like this,” joked Markov about missing the first three months of the season. “The 82 game schedule is hard on all of us. Being hurt like I was is tough, too. The road back isn’t easy. I’m just trying to give it all I have every night to make up for being away for so long.”
Thanks to their five-game winning streak, the Canadiens can now start looking ahead of them in the standings instead of strictly behind them, and Markov is the first to admit he’s also been sneaking a peek at the out of town scoreboard from the bench during games.
“The standings are impossible to avoid, we do pass right by them after every period,” shrugged Markov. “Every win is important right now and tonight was just huge. It’s good to see that by winning we move up or don’t lose any ground. We have 12 games left. This is going to be battle until the end and we all know it.”
Arm-chair quarterbacks everywhere have their take on where the Habs are and where they’re headed. As for the Habs actual on-ice quarterback, he has his own theory.
“I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.” Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com See also:Habs top BruinsVote for your stars of the gameThe Numbers game - March 13, 2010