After a hard-fought and somewhat nervy overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, the Montreal Canadiens officially booked their ticket to game six of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This means that for the first time this year, fans will be in at the Bell Centre cheering on their beloved Habs.
Up to 2,500 fans will be in the stands on Saturday night and if you're looking to score tickets or are one of the lucky season ticket holders with first-time access, there are just a couple of things you should know before you go.
With only 2,500 seats available, the Bell Centre has "built the ticketing manifest to allow for the sale of tickets in groupings identified as 'pods' of two and four seats to accommodate family members, friends and/or trusted acquaintances to attend together." There is a mandatory mask policy.
These "pods" will be located on the 100 and 300 sections of the Bell Centre. The first 12 rows of the lower bowl will be closed to fans to keep the players and coaches safe.
Otherwise, it should be business as usual. If you're one of the lucky fans who are there on Saturday night, wear your colours and cheer as loud as you can to encourage the boys to put an end to the Leafs' hopes and dreams.
Now that the dust has settled on the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup loss, Habs fans have pointed out that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's uniform looked suspiciously inflated in a post-game photo.
And since we all know Habs fans are the calmest and most level-headed hockey fans out there, the question is: did Vasilevskiy really use illegal goalie equipment or is this a nonsense complaint from sad and angry Canadiens fans?
The photo in question, posted on TSN's official Instagram page, shows Carey Price and Vasilevskiy standing face to face with Vasilevskiy looking awfully puffed up compared to Price — from the viewer's perspective, at least.
Following Wednesday's game, several Habs fans took to Twitter with unfounded accusations of illegal equipment.
Did Tampa hoard an extra player inside Vasilevskiy’s equipment? That’s so typical. Cheater franchise. https://t.co/CRSAIigOjO
While the photo of Kucherov seems harmless, showing him posing with the Stanley Cup in front of a pool and boat, and we don't know the exact intention behind the tweet, the caption added fuel to the fire.
"Nikita is sending kind regards to Montréal Canadiens fans! #WeAreGoldStar!" it read.
In the comments section, multiple people criticized the lack of class being displayed while others pointed out that the streets of Tampa looked deserted after last night's victory.
"The Stanley Cup is obviously not big enough to fill your ego! Happy for your win - but I guess you just defined what it means to be a classless, sore winner," tweeted @belangerlisa.
At the time this article was published, Kucherov had not given any further explanation for the photo posted by his agent — but he had retweeted it.
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While dismayed Habs players held back tears at their post-game press conference, Lightning player Nikita Kucherov shared his thoughts about the season — including Canadiens fans — in his own emotional (and shirtless) audience with the media.
Players held back tears as they shared both their disappointment in the results and pride in their teammates.
"I've played on a lot of really good teams, with a lot of really good guys, it's hard right now," Gallagher said to the press.
"We've got so many players that worked their entire careers to get to this point and it's a tough pill to swallow."
Shea Weber reflected on the Canadiens' run as the league's underdogs.
"This group has a lot of character and we put up with a lot of adversity this year, we proved a lot of people wrong, in a tough year to boot."
When asked what he thought about the season, meanwhile, Price attempted to blame himself for the Habs' performance in the Stanley Cup Final, saying he didn't think he "played well enough at the start of the series."
Weber cut in to shoot him down. "I don't think that's the case at all. To be honest, I think we weren't good enough in front of Carey."