On top of the world
Markov helped his homeland complete their perfect 9-0 run through the World Hockey Championship with a 5-4 overtime win over Canada in the gold medal final on Sunday afternoon in Quebec City . Despite holding a pair of two goal leads, including a 4-2 cushion in the third period, the Canadians were unable to contain the high-flying Russians, who also snapped their 15-year gold-medal drought at the Worlds.
A bronze medalist a year ago, Markov picked up an assist on the day for his second point of the tournament, as he became the first Canadiens player to win gold at the Worlds since 2003. That year, former Habs rearguard Craig Rivet helped lead Team Canada to gold in an equally-memorable final that saw Canada need overtime to defeat Sweden. Markov also becomes only the fifth Habs player to ever win World Championship gold, joining Rivet, Mark Recchi, who did it with Canada in 1997, and Martin Rucinsky, who turned the trick with the Czech Republic in both 1999 and 2001.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com