Andrei Markov scores first goal of the Montreal/Ottawa series – for the Senators

The Ottawa Senators came into their first-round series against Montreal knowing full well how tough it would be to score goals on star netminder Carey Price. But the Sens will have a much easier time of Habs players score on their own net – as veteran defenseman Andrei Markov did in the first period of Game 1 Wednesday.

The Ottawa Senators entered Game 1 of their first-round playoff showdown with Montreal Wednesday knowing it would be extremely difficult to score on star goalie Carey Price. But they’ll have a much easier go of things if Canadiens players score goals on their own net – as Habs defenseman Andrei Markov did in the first period to give the Senators the first goal of the series.

Senators captain Erik Karlsson dumped the puck into Montreal’s zone a little more than 12 minutes into the opening frame, and after it bounced off the end boards and back toward the net, Markov delicately attempted to push the puck toward Price, presumably to get a whistle and stop the action. Instead, the veteran blueliner pushed the puck between Price’s legs:

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You didn’t have to be in attendance to hear and see the air go out of the Bell Centre as the puck went in. The goal was credited to Ottawa left winger Milan Michalek, but it will live on in infamy in the minds of Canadiens fans – that is, unless the Habs proceed to beat the Sens and move on to the next round.