Andrei Markov made a costly mistake last night.
It was just over halfway through the first period and his Montreal Canadiens were tied 0-0 with the Boston Bruins. That’s when Boston’s Max Talbot was stopped on a breakaway — only for Markov to clear the puck straight back to Talbot, who quickly shot it past Mike Condon.
The Habs went on to lose, 4-1. They are now 4-16-1 in their last 21. They are also no longer in a playoff spot.
Afterwards, a disappointed Markov took responsibility for his blunder:
But coach Michel Therrien went to bat for his veteran defenseman.
“I was disappointed by a few fans who booed Andrei,” Therrien told reporters. “This guy gives everything that he’s got for this hockey team over the years. And he’s 37 years old and he’s a true professional … a true professional. But there’s times that are really demanding for Andrei. The thinking doesn’t follow the body. It’s happening to every player when they get to a certain age.”
Therrien was sure to add that, despite Markov’s advancing age, he didn’t think the player was “done.”
Still, Markov’s struggles are just one more thing for Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin to worry about, as if he didn’t have enough of those these days.
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