While his wife, Julie Petry, had posted that the bloodshot eyes were due to an "upper-body injury," she didn't tell curious Habs fans much more — other than saying it wasn't allergies, wasn't because he wasn't tired and wasn't the result of "a couple nights in Vegas."
He called it a "freak accident" that occurred when he put his hand on the arena's glass barrier to brace himself after skating over holes on the ice. He said his pinky finger went into the glass and his momentum pushed the rest of his body forward, breaking his finger.
"The eyes were all because when they were setting my finger back into place to put the cast on, I basically passed out and popped all the blood vessels in my eyes," Petry said.
By Friday's press conference, Petry's eyes were clear, appearing to have healed. But the haunting memory will live on — at least until the Canadiens' official store runs out of Petry "Red Eye" T-shirts.
While the event is free, you have to reserve online in advance and you'll be denied entry without a ticket.
You can reserve seats on Ticketmaster 24 hours ahead of the game, with a maximum of four tickets per person. Tickets are only available digitally and printed tickets won't be accepted, so you'll have to show your ticket on your phone.
The whole site accommodates people with restricted mobility, but only Zone C has accessible bathrooms, reserved parking and private access from Rue Saint-Catherine O.
You won't be able to join people in other zones and you must remain in your ticketed zone at all times, so make sure you book the same zone as your friends.
Here's how you can use public transportation to reach your zone:
Zone A can be reached via Place des Arts metro station, at the de Bleury exit. Once outside, go south on Rue de Bleury until you reach Rue Sainte-Catherine O.
Zone B can be accessed via the Saint-Laurent metro station. Once outside, go west on Boul. de Maisonneuve until you reach Rue Saint-Urbain.
Zone C can also be accessed via the Saint-Laurent metro station. Once outside, go west on Boul. de Maisonneuve until Rue Saint-Urbain, then go south to 1444, rue Saint-Urbain.
The surrounding streets will be closed to traffic, save for Rue Saint-Urbain, which grants entry to the Complexe Desjardins, Place des Arts and Indigo parking lots.
Four screens will broadcast the match. The screening site opens at 5 p.m. and the hockey game starts at 8 p.m.
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