NHL playoffs road trip: Montreal
We at Tripified.ca are fired up about the NHL playoffs -- and it shows.
So far, Ken Hegan and I have diligently delivered hockey-watching guides to both Toronto and Boston, the latter catering to Leafs fans heading to Beantown to celebrate the end of their team's playoff drought. Ken's Ottawa guide is handy for road-tripping Habs fans, and now, to complete that series, here's a puckhead's guide to Montreal (where the Sens play tonight):
Every time Toronto is called the “Centre of the Hockey Universe,” Montrealers roll their eyes. And for good reason: Quebec’s largest city is also the winningest NHL outpost of all time, with the Canadiens having hoisted 24 Stanley Cups and five defunct teams accounting for 17 more. The 17-year-old Bell Centre is the league’s largest arena, it’s among the rowdiest, and it’s home to the world’s best and most extensive museum devoted to a single squad (the Habs, of course). Best of all for visiting fans, “the Booth” is located right in the centre of this Hockey Universe, meaning it’s surrounding by choice hotels, sports bars, restaurants and clubs.
Game time: Not surprisingly, tonight's contest is sold out on canadiens.nhl.com. But there are singles available for May 9 and 12 (if those games happen). Another option is the official website’s “ticket vault,” where season-ticket holders offer up their seats for a premium (currently starting at $185 for the May 9 game). Of course, other online resellers do a brisk business when it comes to les Habitants, as do the hordes of scalpers that skulk around the Bell Centre.