"It's a great feeling," Markov said. "I want to thank our fans for their support because I know it's going to be fun. It's a great honor to be selected to play with the greatest players in the League. I was nervous last year but I had fun. I got comfortable there and I got some more confidence.
"It has been a great thing for me to play in Montreal. I have never played for another team in the NHL and I think that Montreal is the greatest city in North America. It has great history. It's a fun place to play but you can be a hero one day and then they think you're not so great on another day because they care about hockey here.
"You have to keep yourself in great shape and you have to stay very focused but when you step on the ice here, it's a great, great feeling. We have 21,000 fans rooting hard for us every night."