Montreal Wins Again, Markov Lands Five Points

USATSI_8879494_154158418_lowresIn case you were wondering, the Montreal Canadiens haven’t lost yet. They picked up their eighth straight win to start the 2015-2016 season, knocking off the Buffalo Sabres by a convincing score of 7-2 on Friday night.

The win came thanks to a career night from Andrei Markov, who picked up five points in the victory. He scored a goal and added four assists, putting the Canadiens just two wins away from matching the NHL record set by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993-1994 and ironically matched by the Sabres in 2003-2004. Times certainly have changed.

The Habs are now just the second team in NHL history and the first in the last 40 years to start the season with eight straight victories.

“It’s always good to win,” forward Brendan Gallagher said. “We just have a one-game-at-a-time mentality. It won’t change. Take this for what it is, we have another game [Saturday] night and we move on to that one.”

That Saturday night game comes against the Maple Leafs, by the way.

As for Markov, he picked up his 500th career point on Friday night with an assist on Max Pacioretty’s goal in the third period. The defenceman now has 501 career points and is tied with Tomas Plekanec and Pacioretty for the team lead with nine points.

“It’s a pretty undercover 500 points,” Gallagher said. “He’s pretty special, year after year. He’s so poised with the puck. He understands the game so well. It’s not every day that you get to see a guy put up 500 points.”

“He’s been playing some great hockey, and he’s been a great influence on me – a real role model. Tonight’s just another lesson for me to learn from,” said P.K. Subban. “I see a lot of myself in Marky, from the way that he plays, to what he’s able to see on the ice. He’s similar to a guy like Niklas Lidstrom…”

The night gave Carey Price a rare game off, with backup goalie Mike Condon tagging in for a 34-save performance. The 25-year-old from Needham has a 1.50 goals against average with a .947 save percentage over two games this season.

The Canadiens have scored 30 goals this season thus far, leading the league, and they’ve allowed only nine. By contrast, the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators have allowed 14 goals.


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