The wait is over

The anticipation has been building for days and the excitement around the city can be seen everywhere you look. Tonight, the wait ends as the Canadiens and Bruins square off in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series at the Bell Centre.

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Have a look at Habs’ fans pride

View photos submitted by your fellow Habs fans as they show their support for the Canadiens in a variety of ways.

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The HIO Playoff Pool is now closed

With the 2008 NHL playoffs set to start in less than an hour, the pool is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted picks. Keep an eye out

Update: Injuries, Carbo press conference

Quick update from the Bell Centre:

• Saku Koivu met with doctors yesterday and today, but still has not skated so he's highly unlikely to be in the lineup

Wanted: Bearded Habs fans in Montreal

CTV's Montreal affiliate hopes to do a story on Canadiens fans who, like some of the players, are growing beards in support of the club's playoff effort.

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P minus one day: Read all about it

One day before the Canadiens and Boston Bruins face off in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference best-of-seven quarterfinal. Expect the 142nd consecutive sellout of the Bell Centre

Deadline Day: 2008 Playoff Pool

The 2008 Inside/Out Playoff Pool is gearing up to be quite the competition. There have been an amazing amount of entries and most of the picks look pretty

Price more like Roy than Dryden: Bowman

From a New York Times blog Q&A with former Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman. Read the full piece here.

Q: I was thrilled when a rookie netminder named

Audio: Calm before the playoff storm

Surprisingly, or not, there was precious little new on the Canadiens front today, head coach Guy Carbonneau putting his troops through another spirited practice as Thursday's first game

PuckCast, Vol. 2, No. 24 [Podcast]

The Canadiens are Eastern Conference champions and will take on the Boston Bruins in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs starting on Thursday.

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