Andrei Markov will lose his title as the Montreal Canadiens reigning iron man tomorrow night when the Montreal Canadiens take on the Chicago Blackhawks.
If you had to read that opening sentence several times, it is because it would not have made any sense a season ago. Markov was labeled injury prone and brittle for several seasons thanks to multiple knee surgeries and hundreds of missed games for the Habs over a span of three years.
Markov was pretty much injury free until the 2009-10 season when Carey Price kicked Markov in the ankle and the Russian defenseman suffered a laceration that required surgery. Markov would return later that season but would injure his knee in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins and had season ending surgery on the right knww.
Markov would return to the Canadiens lineup after missing the first ten games of the 2010-11 season, but would blow his knee out once again after playing just seven games, and was once again done for the year.
Markov would be out with this injury for over a year, finally returning to the Montreal Canadiens lineup to play the final 13 games of the ill fated 2011-12 season. He would sit out one more game, on St. Patrick’s Day of 2012, with an upper body injury, but his time on the injured reserve was complete.
Markov has not missed a game in over two years for the Habs, but will sit out tomorrow night, ruining the most unexpected iron man streak you could imagine. Markov played just seven of the Canadiens 150 games from opening night 2010 to March 10, 2012, but managed to suit up for the past 137 contests in a row.
Iron man streaks may seem like no big deal but for a guy who missed so much time recently, it would be a point of pride that he played the most consecutive games of any player on the team. I wish the team would dress him for tomorrow night’s game but just use him sparingly so his streak would remain intact.
P.K. Subban now takes over as the Habs iron man, having played the past 121 straight Canadiens contests.