In Kazakhstan on Monday, the day before the 103rd birthday of the Montreal Canadiens, a Habs defenceman was making a little two-part history of his own:

Andrei Markov, in his third game back in the Kontinental Hockey League after having suffered two broken ribs in late October, scored the first goal of his KHL career in a 5-3 road victory over Barys Astana.

But of even more note, Markov recorded the first so-called Gordie Howe hat trick of his hockey life.

The Howe hat, named for the rugged Detroit Red Wings legend, recognizes a goal, an assist and a fight for a player in a single game. And somehow, typing "Andrei Markov" and "Gordie Howe hat trick" in the same sentence just looks… wrong.

Markov's goal, coming in his 12th game for Vityaz Chekhov, was scored on a shallow point shot that beat Barys goalkeeper Teemu Lassila 2:51 into the first period.