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Montreal sells out Bell Centre for Game 7

May 14, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

HabsSalute AP

Even though tonight’s Game 7 between the Bruins and Canadiens is being played at TD Garden, the Bell Centre will still be rocking.

The Habs have sold out their barn — all 21,273 seats — for Wednesday’s win-or-go-home contest, according to The game will be played on the Bell Centre scoreboard video screen, much like it was four years ago when the Canadiens made a surprising run to the Eastern Conference finals.

The Canadiens did the same thing for the two seventh games they played in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the reaction was just as enthusiastic; the game sold out in less than two hours at $10 a ticket.

“I probably shouldn’t be surprised, but I still am,” Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher said. “It’s just the passion that comes with the Montreal Canadiens fans.

“Obviously we care a lot in this room, but they care a lot as well about the logo and the history and everything that comes with it.”

Tonight’s contest is the ninth Game 7 between Boston and Montreal in 34 all-time playoff series. Montreal holds a 5-3 edge in wins but the Bruins are 3-2 all-time at home, which includes the 2011 opening round in which Nathan Horton scored in OT to send Boston onto Round 2.

  1. pepper2011 - May 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Misery loves company.

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I suppose you can say the same of every venue where fans gather. 😉

  2. 101starmymedic - May 14, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    God in heaven, please let an American predator drone find 21,273 Al-Qaeda terrorists inside and deal with them accordingly.

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      So, why exactly would “God in heaven” follow through with your request?

    • pigeonbutt - May 14, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I actually feel bad for all the civil and kind Americans because it’s this kind of trolling/pseudo-joking about ‘MURICA’ that has made the rest of the world hate you.

      Seriously, when travelling outside of North America and people find out my accent is Canadian and not American they warm up to me immediately. It’s sad and I don’t like it but it’s reality.

      • r8rbhawk - May 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        You mean you don’t have the Canadian flag sown on your backpack or emblazoned on your clothing? You would think they wouldn’t even need to speak to you to know you are a Canuck, they just get whiff of your maple syrup cologne or maybe notice how much flannel you are wearing, right?

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        r8rbhawk I’ve met Americans when traveling who had the Canadian flag sown on their backpacks. Why? I’m sorry but it’s true. Eh!

      • pfhockey - May 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Yes, it’s so embarrassing to have ignorant fans mask themselves on your side. LOL, like when BOS won the cup, they chanted USA. Major facepalm. Too much patriotism IMO from the US. PS I’m American and I find it completely embarrassing.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        There are 15 players on the B’s roster plus the HC who smell like they’ve splashed themselves with maple syrup cologne and wear flannel. Eh! Go Brudiens! Go CanaB’s!

      • chicagobtech - May 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Accents are funny things. My wife and I were in Toronto last month, just visiting (nice place). We were relaxing in the hotel pool, chatting with a family from a few hours north. The wife was shocked to hear that we were from Chicago, she could have sworn we were local to Toronto.

      • TEC4 - May 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Well, that makes it a lot better — why feed the troll and the fire? Not all Americans are alike. I’m gired of being judged for the things done by a government that I don’t agree with. Go Habs!

    • pepper2011 - May 14, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Yeah- I hate habs fans just as much as the next B’s fan, but that seems a bit extreme. I’d settle for a 5-1 routing – let them trash their own city.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        And the Hawks fans hate the B’s fans. And the Wings fans hate the Hawks fans. And the Ducks fans hate the Kings fans. Big f’n deal. You’re all a bunch of whiners. Rather than focusing on the entertainment aspect of a hockey game you spew your hatred about fans. Brilliant. How do you feel about Yankees fans? Oh! Wait! Don’t bother.

      • pepper2011 - May 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Joey4 – you are really not that bright huh?

        You do realize part of the entertainment are people’s geographical attachment and vested interest to “their” team.

        The history and rivalry that have been passed down for generations is part of what makes hockey and a Boston/Montreal series great.

        you are such a hypocrite. you say who cares, but then you post about how it’s true Americans sew Canadian flags onto their backpacks. Seriously – you are just a Troll. I legitimately have no idea what team you root for.

        Why? because you post on every blog, and try to take this superior attitude and then contradict yourself moments later. If you are truly here the “entertainment aspect” of hockey I suggest you take a series look in the mirror and ask would I rather watch a Bruins/Montreal 7 game series or Bruins/Candiens vs Panthers?

        Also – I don’t think Hawks fans hate B’s fans. I think there is a pretty healthy mutual appreciation of each others team, fans, and style of play.

      • pepper2011 - May 14, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        But maybe you are right, it would be much more entertaining their was no passion involved, and nobody really cared who won; just that it was a good game.

        Maybe PK and Marchand can go out after the game and celebrate together – at least one of them will still be playing next week!

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Love the B’s with passion, but spewing merde on other fans is downright childish.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        “You do realize part of the entertainment are people’s geographical attachment and vested interest to “their” team.”

        So, there are no B’s fans who are not geographically attached to Boston. Really!

    • TEC4 - May 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      What kind of stupid comment was that? I’m an American, I’ve loved mes Habs for over 35 years and I’m sick of that kind of cr@p from other Americans. Shame on you!

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Can’t decide who I hate more. Best-case scenario the game goes to quadruple OT, Plekanec picks up a puck on a breakaway, dekes out Rask, and TD Gardens disappears into a black hole.

  4. nj666 - May 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    wow how hypocritical of nbc to support this… back in 2012 they made it so devils fans couldn’t go to the rock to watch away games in fear it would hurt viewership.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Wow, how uninformed of someone not to know that Canada is a separate, sovereign nation and CBC is covering this Montreal Canadiens game and they probably are not subject to NBC’s desires.

      • rdk - May 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Nobody in Montreal watches CBC, not even anglophones. They all watch RDS, which is owned by Bell, who also happens to own part of the Canadiens.

  5. dropthepuckeh - May 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    The only professional sport in town and a couple decades of irrelevance will do this. I question the intelligence of this as win or lose you have 21k plus drunks flooding the streets to demonstrate their superiority and intelligence by flipping cars and starting fires. It should be fun to watch on tv after the game…

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Yep! Boston fans are the moral compass for good behavior.

      “tickets were an affordable $10, with a portion of proceeds donated to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.”

      • gallyhatch - May 14, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Not for nothing Joey, but taking Montreal’s riot history into consideration, it’s fair to question the wisdom of having 21K+ fans downtown to watch a possible season ending broadcast.

        I thought one of the better decisions made by the former mayor of Boston was NOT letting the TD Garden sell tickets to a broadcast of game 7 against Vancouver. He told everyone to watch the game at home & it was the right move.

        In my opinion, more bad than good can come out of it.

        Just my $0.02.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        I hear you. Should we cancel the next World Series in Boston because of the 2013 riots?

        Considering the amount of mass deaths by guns in the U.S., one has to question the lack of gun control laws.

        idk, it’s for a good cause, and I hope the Canadiens organization and city officials have discussed how to protect personal property and keep everyone safe. There are very strict laws for gatherings and severe consequences for those who break those laws. Hope it works out well.

      • pepper2011 - May 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        Hey Joey- why are we commenting on the Moral compass of Boston fans?

        I thought you said “Rather than focusing on the entertainment aspect of a hockey game you spew your hatred about fans”

        seems like you are trolling. There were no riots in Boston. The city and state are filled with; as Gally said – “drunk college kids”. Give an 19 year old beer and a reason to make an arse of him or herself and they’ll take it.

        9 people were arrested. Nine. Not exactly “Riot” worthy.

        You are a tool.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Hatred! Where? Not me. 😇 Montreal is no better or worse than Boston, and Boston is certainly no better than or worse than Montreal.

        Fact checking time….
        80 charged after chaotic bash near UMass Amherst

        Red Sox fans riot, flip cars after World Series win over St. Louis

        It’s not the first time in recent memory that Red Sox fans have taken their celebrations to the streets of Boston following a World Series win.

        In 2004, when the Sox finally broke the “Curse of the Bambino,” the town was turned upside down by riots and the team’s first World Series win in 86 years was marred by the death of 21-year-old Victoria Snelgrove, an Emerson College student, after she was hit in the eye by a pepper spray-dispersing police projectile.

        And in 2007, when Boston again took home the World Series trophy, fans took to the streets to riot once more, causing thousands of dollars of damage in the process

      • pepper2011 - May 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Do you hear that Joey?

        That is the sound of me p(b)itch slapping you.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        What’s a pitch slap?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 14, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Except none of those in the riots are from Boston. They are always kids from BU and Northeastern.

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      dropthepuckeh, was the show good enough for you in 2013?

      Boston & UMass Riot After Red Sox Win 2013 World Series

      What about the riots at the Blarney Blowout?
      A pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual “Blarney Blowout.”

      • gallyhatch - May 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Drunken college students running amok on their campus 80 minutes west of Boston is a little bit of a different scenario then encouraging 21k+ to converge downtown (& I never claimed that Boston hasn’t had its moments)

        You’re also ignoring my point about Montreal’s history with riots.

        It’s fair to question the wisdom of this decision.

        I would love to continue this back & forth, but I have a game to get to.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        joey go away, you clearly need to get a life as evidenced by your posts every 5 minutes. I think its terrific that the Canadians are donating “a portion” of the ticket cost to charity but they don’t care about the ticket revenue genius, its called concessions. Wrap your fragile adolescent brain around that concept. Why not donate all the proceeds from the tickets – it would still be a cash cow for the building.

        As for the riots – I’m sure you can dig up footage or articles from every city in the world as evidence of people behaving badly. We are talking about the hockey fan base though so it isn’t really relevant. Montreal has a history of rioting around wins and loses, look it up in all of your extra time in detention this afternoon.

        Finally, you should spend some time learning how to use explanation points!! Yes!

        I do like that you wasted part of your day looking up those references though. Ha!

        I’m off to the Garden troll. Enjoy your computer….

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        dropthepuckeh, so you have more of a life because you actually spent time to assess how often I post. Got it! Oh! And your of to the Garden. Wow! I would love to have your life. 💋

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        dipstick, long gone are the days where one has to be tethered to a computer to be connected to the internet. Have you heard of a connected world? Buses, planes, trains, and WiFi hotspots all offer connectivity from various mobile devices. What? Oh! A mobile device can be a smart phone, tablet, or phablet. What? Oh! You’ve never heard of a phablet. You can google that from your computer. What? Oh! You’ve never heard of google. You can google that too. :-)

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Investigations into the 2010 riot showed it was not fans from Bell Centre but outside hooligans who came to the scene after the game intent on taking advantage of the event to cause havoc. And there will be a large police presence tonight.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Montreal loves to investigate….

    • TEC4 - May 15, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      It was a quiet, jubilant celebration. Wish I’d have seen this before the game — i’d have bet you were wrong, and won.

  6. infectorman - May 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Gee, Do ya think they’ll throw beers at each other if they lose?

    Probably just the poor unsuspecting Forum staff. Classy bunch

  7. longcutskolvikes - May 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    I’m a huge Habs fan, born and raised in Minneapolis. Let’s not make this about the US Vs Canada. May the best team win. Go Habs go!!!

  8. theskinsman - May 14, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Utterly stupid and juvenile to trash a nation over where a team is based. Huge Bruins fan here, live not far from the border in NY State. Been to Canada more times than I can recall, ALWAYS treated very well everywhere in Canada but Quebec. Musta been my Bruins hat?

    • gallyhatch - May 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Agreed, I hate when the Garden crowd starts chanting USA, it’s so foolish.

    • pigeonbutt - May 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      _/ stick-tap for you and gillyhatch. Don’t mind the Quebecois, they’re a fickle bunch and are known treat anglophone canadians the same way.

      same goes for me and my family travelling to the states; once we had our butts saved by a wonderful family after our car broke down two hours out of spokane. let us stay at their place and were most heavenly of hosts while the car was in the shop.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        There are great people and jerks in every part of every nation.
        (For inspiring reading, learn about what some small-town eastern Canadians did for the hundreds and hundreds of visitors whose planes were forced to land in their midst on 9/11.)

  9. hockeyornothing - May 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Go Habs. Don’t want Hawks to play Bruins and it would be nice to have a Canadian team go to conference finals.

    What the hell was that drone comment about? Pls stick to hockey and don’t make an arse out of yourself

  10. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    ha haaa ha hahaha

    score at the end of the first period:

    joey 1 traveling bruins clown revue 0

    baddabing joey, love ya bro

    • pepper2011 - May 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      lol. you are even worse than Joey. You done with that Creative writing class yet?
      read above and you’ll see the new hole Joey will be defecating out of.

      • tved12 - May 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Dude he is joey, and blomfeld, and a few other accounts. Have you noticed they have the same style, no punctuation and bad spelling.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        tved12, Know what? You’re absolutely nuts. You and anyone else who thinks that blomfeld or muckleflugga or any other and I are the same. For chrissakes!

        And, frankly, I’m not a fan of muckleflugga (most of the time), but I am a fan of blomfeld, you d!psh!t. If you’ve read any my posts, I’ve been nothing but objective in all my posts favoring no team in particular Blomfeld, on the other hand, clearly favors the Kings.

        Can’t you find some better use of your time than spreading this idiocy? :-)

  11. wishingtonredslur - May 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Quick, lock the doors and fill it with water!

  12. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    i don’t think the u.s. has any drones available, stalking the world for dangerous clusters of journalists and notorious foundling hospitals and impoverished arab ghettos has them in the air full time … get yourself another republican lunatic in the white house, they’ll be doing their looking closer to home

    given relative competencies at play involving the cia, the fbi, the nsa and the boston police, it’s probably a good idea to keep boston throngs safely indoors, during any spectacle including tonight’s gubbing

    as for wearing a bruins hat, if you were traveling anywhere in québec not including montréal island, they’d have bought you a beer … if you complemented what is already vulgar fashion faux pax by wearing tennis socks in your sandals, they’d have stood you rounds all evening

    don’t knock maple syrup cologne and flannel until you’ve tried them … as milan lucic can attest, both are wonderful aphrodisiacs when stalking then surprising moose in the north woods … those notches on his belt have nothing to do with his wins in advancing the art and science of proctology

    with rangers taking down penguins, the nhl would likely prefer a montréal win tonight … there’s only so much shoe leather to go around

    here we go habs here we go, rock the bruins and their fans into another year of well-earned oblivion

  13. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM


    since we’re on the subject, just who is your favourite team, the one you’ve cheered-on from childhood

    [ i sense leafs given your continual sensitive and defensive posturing ]

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