Missing a year-and-a-half of hockey thanks to knee surgery, Andrei Markov played his first game since
Nov. 13, 2010
on Saturday in Vancouver.
The fans of the Montreal Canadiens rejoiced - their power play quarterback had returned! Injury-free!
Well, sort of.
Tuesday night, not yet 72 hours since he stepped on the ice in Vancouver to re-start his NHL career, Markov had to leave the ice after being hit in the face with a puck.
The puck, shot by an Ottawa Senator, deflected off Markov's own stick and into his face.
He returned after repairs in the locker room, but the way he left the ice said a lot - he got up quick, whipped off his helmet, seemingly angry at how this KEEPS ON HAPPENING TO HIM.
Like the first game of the season in the 2009-10 campaign:
If you look up 'bad luck' in the figurative NHL dictionary (patent pending, by the way), you will see a picture of Andrei Markov.
If you look up 'injury magnet,' you will see a picture of Andrei Markov.
But if you look up 'oft-injured current NHL defenceman,' do you see a picture of Markov, or Vancouver's Sami Salo, whose list of injured body parts could fill an anatomy textbook?
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