|The boys during warm-ups
Finally it was Saturday, game-day! The town was abuzz as every bar, restaurant and street was full of people in Habs gear. We saw several people wearing Ranger apparel and swapped stories about our time in French land. Since we were up early, we decided to check out the Bell Center, which was conveniently a block’s walk away from our hotel. We visited the Montreal Canadiens museum, which for Ranger fans, picture RANGERSTOWN during last year’s playoffs on super-duper jacked out of this world steroids. The place was amazing & I’m glad I had the opportunity to check it out.
After killing some time in Bier Markt, it was time to head into the Bell Center. Several razzes went on, the best one was some 2 toothed scalper telling me it wasn’t Halloween, as I was wearing my Jeff Beukeboom jersey. Ironically enough, for 4 Halloween’s in a row, I wore a Ranger jersey & said I was a Ranger for Halloween. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Walking into the Bell Center was an amazing experience. This mecca of hockey is about 1.5 bigger than MSG. The history of the franchise is plastered all over the place. It is just something every hockey fan should do. The place lived up to it’s billing. Even better, our seats were 2 rows off the ice and we were enthralled during every minute of our experience.
|Marty practicing his signature shot from the circle
Watching pre-game warm-ups was an experience as we got to watch every player practice their moves. We were sitting where Lundqvist would defend twice, so we got to see the Rangers practice on our end.
|Hank, not realizing how his defense would let him down ever so quickly
Due to the tragedy in Ottawa, the NHL did this cool thing for all games played in Canada. The scoreboard showed us a live feed of the Devils-Senators game. From there, they had a ceremony and did both the US & Canadian national anthem there. It was a really surreal and important experience that I was glad to be a part of.
The game eventually started, and if you’re a Ranger fan, you know what happened. Cary Price was just unbelievable, stoning two sure-fire goals, where the Rangers defense let Henry down & Henry couldn’t make a play. It sucked to hear shit from Habs fan while the Rangers were playing one of their dump-in-the-pants games. I mean, they couldn’t extend this win streak to 4? It was a great time, even if the score left me sore and sour.
I’m not worried about the Rangers this season. Only the Islander fans, who come out of hibernation from their April-October slumber talk about Ranger losses with such fervor. Rangers will work it out and they will be in the playoffs again. I would’ve liked to see two points to make my trip to Montreal perfect, but what can you do?
|The Montreal Wreckin’ Crew, before we were watching clips of Tony Soprano getting his weasel greased!
After the game, the trip was approaching its fast end. As I write you this now, I’m back home and debating if I should go see the Rangers play the Wild tonight. Games may come and go, but experiences like this last a life-time. I’m ecstatic to have finally gone to the mecca of hockey, French Frog Fucks and all.
LET’S GO RANGERS!
And Jet fans, I’ll leave you alone today during your period of mourning.
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