Danny Markov scored 31 goals in his NHL career, three of which came in his 52 games with the Philadelphia Flyers. Two of those goals were notable achievements for the Flyers. Since scoring his last NHL playoff goal with the Flyers in the 2004 playoffs, Markov played two more seasons in the NHL before playing in Russia. Let’s take a look at Markov’s work with the five teams after his days as a Flyer.
After scoring 14 points in 44 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Markov was traded to Philly for forward Justin Williams in the middle of the 2003-2004 season.
Markov’s first notable goal came during the Flyers’ infamous game with the Ottawa Senators on March 5th, 2004. Adding onto his 15 PIM for the game, Markov also netted a goal in the first period that happened to be the Flyers’ 10,000th goal in franchise history. This was the first of Markov’s two regular season goals with Philly in his 34 games with the team before the 2004 playoffs.
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In the first round of those playoffs, the Flyers faced a team they had never beaten in the playoffs as they squared off against the New Jersey Devils. With a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 in front of their home crowd, the Flyers looked to eliminate the Devils and move onto the Eastern Conference Semifinals. With the game tied 1-1 late in the third period, Markov let go of a wrister that found it’s way past Martin Brodeur to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead with just 5:23 left in regulation. With the addition of a Sami Kapanen empty-net goal, the Flyers had defeated the Devils in five games while Markov had the series-winning goal.
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Facing the Maple Leafs in the next round, the Flyers would eliminate Toronto in six games to head to the Eastern Conference Finals. Markov had an assist on Branko Radivojevic’s second period goal in Game 5 of the series (go to 1:36).
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Eliminated one win short of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a seven-game series. Markov had his third point and second assist in the playoffs with his helper on Michal Handzus’s goal in Game 1 (go to :41).
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During the NHL lockout of 2004-2005, Markov took his talents to the Vysshaya Liga of Russia to play alongside Alexei Zhamnov on Vityaz Chekhov’s roster. In 26 games with the club, Markov had five goals and seven assists for 12 points.
As the lockout ended, Markov returned to play in the NHL, but not for the Flyers. In early August of 2005, Markov was shipped to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Two days later, the Flyers traded away the newly acquired pick, along with the aging Jeremy Roenick, to the Los Angeles Kings for future players to be named. With the pick, the Kings drafted George “Bud” Holloway, a right winger who plays for the Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, and has yet to play an NHL game.
Markov only played for the Predators during the 2005-2006 season notching 11 assists in 58 regular season games. He’d also play in all five of the Predators’ postseason games during the 2006 playoffs as they fell to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Markov was held pointless during the five-game stretch.
During his season with the Preds, Markov represented the Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Markov played in eight games and had two assists as Russia lost to the Czech Republic 3-0 in the Bronze Medal game.
Let go by Nashville after the 2005-2006 season, Markov played in what turned out to be his last NHL season with the Detroit Red Wings during the 2006-2007 season. While being teammates with Andreas Lilja and Kyle Calder, Markov registered four goals and 12 assists. He’d have three two-point games, including one on the last day of the season against the Blackhawks, which included his last goal in the NHL (go to :17).
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During the Red Wings playoff run, Markov played in each of the 18 games the Red Wings played before losing to Chris Pronger and the eventual Stanley Cup winning Anaheim Ducks in six games during the Western Conference Finals.
Leaving the NHL, Markov moved onto play for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague. Playing with former Flyer Dmitry Afanasenkov, Markov had four assists in 29 games before scoring two goals with an assist in nine postseason games.
As HC Dynamo Moscow became part of the KHL, Markov remained on the roster while Alexei Zhitnik and Denis Tolpeko joined him. Playing in five less regular season games than the prior season, Markov scored three goals and had just as many assists. In his 10 postseason games with the club, Markov had a goal and four assists.
The following season, Markov ended up playing in 42 regular season games. With the increase in games played, Markov was able to score more goals and register more assists. He’d have five goals and nine assists before being held scoreless in three postseason games for HC Dynamo Moscow.
Despite his increase in games played, Markov left HC Dynamo Moscow to play for Vityaz Chekov, the team he played for during the lockout. Playing in 19 more games for the club than he played in 2004-2005, Markov was only able to register one more assist as he had five goals and eight assists before being sent to SKA St. Petersburg just before the end of the regular season. In 10 postseason games with SKA St. Petersburg, Markov had one goal and three assists.
Known more as a physical defenseman, Markov’s numbers won’t be pretty in any league. However, he’ll be remembered by Flyers’ fans for his notable goals. Hell, Jaromir Jagr probably remembers Markov very fondly. At 35 years of age, Markov can serve as a veteran defender for any team in the KHL.