GO HABS GO!
I have been longing to see my beloved Habs play somewhere other than Boston, where I am regularly taunted in a nasty way. This was (sort of) neutral territory, as some Quebecquois seem to have a bad take on the Habs. There were a surprising number of B's shirts and hats. Nevertheless, the arena is new and is designed well. The concession and restroom area is open so you can see what's going on while in line and walking. They have a better food (sushi, poutine) and beer and cocktail selection than other arenas. Seats are comfortable, have big cushions. Can see well from most sections. Also, it was really easy to grab a cab back to our hotel. A well organized taxi lane with dozens of cabs formed outside the building and two guys directed the process in an orderly fashion. So unlike Boston Garden! There was no cursing of opposing fans and no nasty remarks when Habs scored goals. And they won 4-3, after trailing 2-0 at one point.
The greatest rivalry in sports
Say what you will about preseason hockey, I believe that it is an important opportunity for the team, and the fans, to see what new talent is in the system and how that talent can break into the regular lineup. Also, I have never been to the Videotron before, and since it opened I have been dying to go. As is, I was not disappointed. It reminded me of the Consol Energy Center (In Pittsburgh) because between the vendors and the ice there were no walls, so one could look out and see the crowd, and the game depending on the angle. The game itself was great, with the Bruins taking a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period, and then the Habs coming back to tie things up. The Bruins netted a short handed goal, where the Habs responded with their own goal just a minute or two later before Daniel Carr made a sweet move to give the Habs the lead, and ultimately the win. Being a Habs fan, it was all I could ever ask for. The only thing that marred the evening was the sub-par poutine that I purchased.