Montreal Canadiens: After Five Straight Losses, Team Recalls Marc-Andre Bergeron

Francois GendronSenior Writer IOctober 20, 2009

The Montreal Canadiens will try to stop their losing streak at five straight games on Tuesday night when they host the Atlanta Thrashers.

Acquired after Andrei Markov's injury, Marc-Andre Bergeron will play his first game with the Canadiens.

Outside Ilya Kovalchuk's playing quality, the Thrashers have never represented a force in the NHL since their arrival. It is then a good occasion for the Habs to snap out of their losing streak with a strong performance. The Canadiens have not given a full 60-minute effort so far this season and it would be a great time to start doing so.

As for Bergeron, he will wear the ''bleu blanc rouge'' uniform for the first time in his career—a dream for any French-Canadian hockey player. He was impressed by the size of the Canadiens' dressing room and can't wait to contribute.

This season, Bergeron played three games in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs and registered six assists. Shawn Belle was sent back to Hamilton to make room for Bergeron.

On Monday, head coach Jacques Martin talked about his expectations regarding Bergeron. The Habs coach should use him on the man-advantage along with Jaroslav Spacek and will give him around 16-18 minutes of ice time.

Photo Credit: Marc-Andre Bergeron, RDS