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|26 октября 2006
Markov brings a physical presence / Associated Press
DETROIT -- The hit was clean, sent a message and was exactly the reason the Red Wings signed defenseman Danny Markov during the offseason.
Saturday's open-ice collision with Edmonton's Ethan Moreau, which dislodged Moreau from the puck and resulted in a breakaway goal by Pavel Datsyuk, was a snapshot of why the Wings wanted Markov.
His reputation as an open-ice hitter is well-known. It's a quality the Wings didn't have last season.
"If it turns around the game, that's good," said Markov after Wednesday's morning skate. "But to me, it didn't mean much to me, seriously nothing, because we lost the game."
There weren't many positive things to talk about after last week's four-game trip, but Markov's hit has been a positive topic of conversation in the locker room for the last couple of days.
It made several hockey highlight packages throughout North America. It likely sent a message to teams around the league that there's reason to look around when playing the Wings.
"We have two guys on the back end who can really come after you physically that way," coach Mike Babcock said. "(Niklas) Kronwall and Markov lay the body on you and that's a positive thing. It's nice to have the other team keep their head up a little bit.
"Markov brings a physical presence. He competes hard and he's been excellent on the penalty kill, although our numbers don't show it. We think he's a good addition."
Markov missed nearly two weeks of the exhibition season with a sprained left knee, and that slowed him at the start of the regular season.
"The exhibition part of training camp is a big part of getting ready before the season," Markov said. "I missed the practices, too. It feels good to come back and play. The knee feels good."
A huge hit, like the one in Edmonton, can change the tempo.
Markov has, at times, been compared to former Red Wing Vladimir Konstantinov for the rugged style of play that so many teams relish.
"The physical presence, yeah, it can turn around a game," Markov said. "But it didn't work in Edmonton. Good thing we scored the goal (though)."
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игроков" // "Спорт-Экспресс"
15 сентября. Markov drawing comparisons to Konstantinov
The Detroit News
15 сентября. Markov fitting right in // Detroit
27 июля. Wings add skilled defenseman Markov //
Detroit Free Press
24 октября. Данила Марков: "У нас много возрастных игроков" // "Спорт-Экспресс"
15 сентября. Markov drawing comparisons to Konstantinov // The Detroit News
15 сентября. Markov fitting right in // Detroit Free Press
27 июля. Wings add skilled defenseman Markov // Detroit Free Press