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Brooks Laich says Caps fans trump Habs fans

Apr 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

Verizon.jpgI’ve seen a hockey game in Montreal, and it was the most electrifying
sports experience I’ve been a part of. It was a Thursday night regular
season game against the Dallas Stars, and it was the loudest sporting
event I’ve ever been to. Louder than NFL, college football, you name it
the Bell Centre was much louder.

Brooks Laich says he’ll stick
with the Verizon Center as the best home crowd in the NHL. Per
Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Blog:

“It’s good,” he
said of the Bell Centre crowd. “It’s tremendous.
Personally, I think our building is right up there with any building in
the league, but it would be comparable to a Montreal or a Chicago. I
think those are maybe the three best, loudest buildings in the league.
But it’s a fun place to pay. I still like our fans and our building, but
this one’s right up there as well.”

Steinberg talked
to some Habs players and – no surprise – they will stick with their own
crowd as the best in the NHL.

Perhaps it’s because the first two
games of the series were so bad for the Capitals, up until the final 24
minutes of Game 2, that the Verizon Center sounded a bit duller than
normal. Contrast that to the Bell Centre; I had to adjust the setting on
my subwoofer at home because the crowd noise was rattling the floor
boards. No joke.

Caps fans will have a great chance tonight to
prove that they are in fact the loudest in the NHL. But best fans in the
NHL? Lets wait until the Capitals have over 50 years of history in
Washington to start that comparison.

  1. J4RD0 - Apr 23, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Where did he say the caps have the “best fans in the NHL?” Or that the Caps fans are better? As I read it, he likes his fans and home ice more, but I think any player will say that (except those who play in empty arenas in the Southeast). It doesn’t mean the Caps fans “trump” the Habs fans. You guys love making something out of nothing.

  2. Brandon Worley - Apr 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Next time, I’ll just post the entire article. In fact, the article the quote comes from, written by Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Blog (you know, a Capitals writer) has this headline: “Brooks Laich says Caps fans > Canadiens fans”….so I’m not just making something up here.

    Laich here says, both before going to Montreal and after, that he thinks the Verizon crowd and the fans are better, louder and more into the game than the Habs fans. I didn’t make that up.

  3. Matt - Apr 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    “Lets wait until the Capitals have over 50 years of history in Washington to start that comparison. ”
    Or more than two years in a row of being good.
    You know, before last season I had nothing against the Capitals, their players, the fans that they had, or the organization. Now that all the bandwagoners have come out because there’s nothing else good right now in DC, all of a sudden they’re the “best fans in the league”? The same ones that booed the team after going down 4-0 at home in a game this season? Huh. Although to defend the fans, it’s not like any of them have seen the Caps lose before…
    Uh huh. How many of them know who Dale Hunter or Peter Bondra are? Some “best fans” they are…
    Come on, Caps “fans”. Attack me. I’m waiting. Post this up on Crappers’ Rink or Caps Daddy and send over the cronies.

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