Surprise! Habs players greet fans in Bell Centre lobby

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There was lots of excitement at the Bell Centre Thursday well before the Canadiens intra-squad game was scheduled to get underway. Fans who braved the cold waiting outside for the doors to open at 5 p.m. got a huge surprise when they saw Canadiens players in the lobby, waiting to greet them. Fans snapped pictures and moved along a line shaking hands with Carey Price, Josh Gorges, Tomas Plekanec and other players. Canadiens principal owner Geoff Molson was there as were a few famous Habs faces from the past like Guy Lafleur and Yvan Cournoyer who posed for pictures with fans.

Thurday’s free intra-squad game is one of several initiatives by the Canadiens to make amends to fans for the NHL lockout.

Players hit the ice at 7 p.m. for a 10-minute warm-up before the two-period scrimmage, which has drawn thousands of people to the Bell Centre. The game is part of the Canadiens six-day training camp. They open their season on Saturday at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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  1. Stevie.Ray says:

    Would you have traded a third round pick for Fistric? I think I would have

  2. savethepuck says:

    Was it confirmed that Price tweaked his groin, or is it possibly another muscle he’s referring to that needs to be stretched out.

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  3. CCL says:

    The scrimmage tonight did not indicate a playoff team. maybe they’ll be better when the real thing starts.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      I don’t think we can conclude much from what we saw tonight. The players were taking it easy it was very far from full speed hockey. If you want to read into it at all the best thing to do is scout a few players and watch the little things they do.

      I for one really enjoyed seeing Bouillion back tonight. He loves it here and he seems pretty fired up. I liked Galchenyuk’s skillset and it seems to me like Gallagher is the most focused player on the team. A lot of small positives and negatives to take away from tonight but I don’t think we can make any real predictions based off what we saw.

  4. jols101 says:

    TSN and Sportsnet doing their pre season shows and both are giving the Habs no love whatsoever. Both have them pegged for 13th. They must have been watching that pathetic shoot out we all just watched lol.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      I think the players were told not to deke Price because he tweaked some muscle in stopping Pacioretty. So worriesome… Price says he’ll be ready, but no one wants him to make it worse.

  5. Boomer says:

    Price says it;s just general soreness and he should be ready for saturday.
    -Brian Wilde in the locker room

  6. Propwash says:

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    Price says it is general soreness and he will be fit to play Saturday. Mentioned the muscles that need to get stretched out at camp.

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  7. jedimyrmidon says:

    From Arpon Basu: “Price admitted he hurt himself earlier this week and tweaked it tonight. “But you’ll see me Saturday.”

    • Harditya says:

      Good news, but it’s better if he rests and avoid playing saturday rather than making it worse.. I don’t know hope he’s alright.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Yeah, worst thing would be to aggravate it right at the beginning of the season. Better be safe than sorry. Especially since PK isn’t around, Price will have to be that much better and if he has to stretch out…

  8. Say Ash says:

    Trade PK because we’re getting Seth Jones this year! Yeah, baby!

  9. F50Marco says:

    Please dont be injured, please dont be injured, please dont be injured………….

  10. habbernack says:

    Will Louis Leblanc ever be a top six forward. A wasted 1 st round pick. He will be a third line forward but not worth a first pick. This is Momtreals problem. Making stupid picks because of media pressure.Pick the best player available regardless of ……Would you trade PK to draft Drouin. For me I say yes. We seem to have lots of good prospects . I think Beaulieu could replace PK .In the short term it would be good for cap space cuz we’re gonna need it. Free agants etc

  11. Hamayoune says:

    Prust just killed it loll

  12. HabInToronto says:

    Good to see the boys out there tonight, can’t wait for saturday night!

  13. geo_habsgo says:

    If Price is injured we are finished. Budaj is an excellent backup but if we need to rely on him for 10-15 games we are dead in the water.

  14. Say Ash says:

    Hope Budaj will be ready Saturday night.

  15. Boomer says:

    HAHA Prust is awesome

  16. silversnake says:

    Price got injured stopping patches which is why they stopped deking.
    Great …

  17. twilighthours says:

    I watched it all. It was so painful.

    And I’m not sure how a Hab fan can dislike Prust after that.

  18. Harditya says:

    Prust is a joker LOOOL
    and uh oh what happened to Price..

  19. Propwash says:

    LOL @ Prust

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  20. HabFab says:

    Dave_Stubbs – From #Habs @PKSubban1: “I truly love the fans and I think we have a great connection. Fans recognize fans!” “I know what the fans want to see and that’s heart & soul on every play. I think that’s where we get along.” “I love Montreal fans, they’re a big reason why I love putting on the sweater every game.”

    I love PK but this sounds so much like the crap we heard from those other two groups of clowns.

  21. Danno says:

    .

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

    • geo_habsgo says:

      Kind of got me scared. Outside of Patches, and the Gally’s there didn’t seem to be a lot of creativity in the shootout.

      Did you notice Cole got booed for his half-assed first shot? Kind of shocked me that the fans at the Bell Centre let him hear it.

      • Danno says:

        Everybody CHILL!

        It’s just a scrimmage…

        Is Price OK?

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        • geo_habsgo says:

          This whole site is about overreacting to things. I say we read into every little detail about tonight. Tomorrow we will see a complete dissection of tonights match :p

  22. savethepuck says:

    Does this mean we have very strong goaltending in SO’s this year, or our shooters sucks this year.

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  23. geo_habsgo says:

    It is funny to see how much Galchenyuk already loves the fan attention. He is eating it up out there.

  24. Harditya says:

    Thats the Markov I wanna see!

  25. Harditya says:

    The crowd loves Galchenyuk LOL

  26. Blondie says:

    Man, we better win in regulation or OT – ye gods!

  27. Say Ash says:

    No dekes aside, our shootout looks as bad as ever. What a trainwreck finish tonight.

  28. silversnake says:

    Radio saying price got hurt stopping patches deke. Great …

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    Well at least we won’t have any shootout problems this year!

  30. Harditya says:

    Besides the Gallys, the Habs have been atrocious in the shootout

  31. jedimyrmidon says:

    Does Price look hurt?

  32. geo_habsgo says:

    Lack of skill in this shootout lol where are the dangles?

    but the crowd loves bouillion!

  33. Bripro says:

    Didn’t he say they were doing 5 aside?

  34. Harditya says:

    Sick save by Pricer on MaxPac

  35. HabFab says:

    Dave_Stubbs – Upon hearing of the “We want P.K.!” chant, @PKSubban1 sends a text: “Thank you! I miss you guys!”

    Guess that answers that!!

  36. Harditya says:

    SLICK goals by Galchenyuk and Gallagher.

  37. Bripro says:

    Roaring for Gally. What a move!

  38. twilighthours says:

    Meaningless scrimmage, but DD still looks like the best player out there.

  39. savethepuck says:

    Anyone else notice the fans “we want PK ” chant. Seemed like they cut the live volume feed and replaced it with music.

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  40. Hamayoune says:

    Why is galchenyuk’s line playing so little. It feels like they play 15 seconds on average

  41. red13am says:

    So now lets say Chris Lee is reffing this game. Which side gets screwed over more? Red or white?

  42. HabFab says:

    We want PK …blame it on Matty!

  43. Propwash says:

    Crowd is chanting “we want PK”

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  44. Bripro says:

    They’re chanting “We want PK!”

  45. Boomer says:

    Crowds chanting “We want PK!” lol

  46. Mattyleg says:

    Anybody else think that PK is watching this and climbing the walls??

    I bet he is.

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  47. frontenac1 says:

    “Sweet Hands”Blunden Scored?Nice!!

  48. savethepuck says:

    Will this game stay on Habs tv, the quality is terrible on my computer. Slow motion and cutting in and out. Like to watch it later from the start.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
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  49. phillyhab says:

    Blunden has to clear waivers; is this a statement “game”? Christ!

  50. neumann103 says:

    Blunden with the soft hands again!

    Was it emelin who went down? Hope he is okay

    “Et le but!”

  51. Harditya says:

    Blunden scores again! Gallagher with the assist.

  52. kmachabs27 says:

    Prust cant even skate

  53. kmachabs27 says:

    prob a dumb question, even though gomez is bought out and is currrently an UFA, does his 7.34 million or whatever it is count against the cap for this season?

  54. Habilis says:

    Is it just me or did Bourque look like a hockey player on that goal? Sweet pass by Moen too. That line could do some damage.

    On a side note, why is it never easy to be a Habs fan? Last season, the Habs didn’t ice a full lineup once. Not one game. This season, after enduring that which shall remain nameless, we have an equal shot with 29 other teams with 48 games to go. Everyone is relatively healthy. New GM, new coach, dazzling new rookie. And PK is sitting in Toronto. Bah.

  55. Rudy says:

    Can’t watch in the US :(

  56. Ron says:

    Bourque looks like he wants to play.

  57. dre1744 says:

    its just not the same without Gomez out there!!!!!!!

  58. axxerd says:

    Gallagher continues to impress me.

    Also, somewhat related to this… are we calling them both Gally? Is Gallagher Gally and Galchenyuk Galchy? I saw on twitter even Gallagher was wondering about the nickname.

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  59. habaholic68NJ says:

    Missed the first period. What’s the score? Who scored?

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  60. durocher says:

    Habs fans loving their free t-shirts, like bread being thrown out to the mobs watching gladiators

  61. Propwash says:

    Gally didn’t score this period, let’s all collectively panic!!!

    Dooooooooooooooomed!!!

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  62. neumann103 says:

    Yeah!

    Go Red Go!

    “Et le but!”

  63. Boomer says:

    Good hustle by bournival

  64. FB says:

    I wonder if Subban is watching at home?

  65. Andy and the habs says:

    Every score is a cheer for me. Nothing can go wrong with this game.

  66. Andy and the habs says:

    Nice save by Price

  67. Propwash says:

    Sweet 3 in a row save by Price!

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  68. Habfan10912 says:

    Markov sure looks much better, huh?

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  70. HabFanSince72 says:

    Cole -> DD -> Pax -> Back of the net.


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  71. showey47 says:

    How long before the “we want PK” or something along that lines chant starts among the fans?

  72. showey47 says:

    Do you have a video feed? I can only find audio.

  73. Propwash says:

    Habs website has it on a live stream

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  74. showey47 says:

    Awesome guys,thanks

  75. Habilis says:

    His ribs are hurt, it’s just precautionary.

  76. neumann103 says:

    Pleks must have gone a little soft from all the saltpeter in the beer

    “Et le but!”

  77. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Nuna hurt his ribs? Dang.

  78. Habilis says:

    Didn’t see the sarcasm font, sorry ;)

  79. Habfan10912 says:

    He has.

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  80. Harditya says:

    That line looks dominating.. compared to the rest of the Habs anyways lol

  81. HabinBurlington says:

    hard to deny the chemistry they have together. regardless of other centers talents.

  82. jedimyrmidon says:

    Yeah, and Halak was injured for pretty much the entire duration of the playoffs last season. I guess that means he’s not worth his contract either.

  83. geo_habsgo says:

    Good to see the trolls are in game shape!

  84. commandant says:

    one goalie plays 90% of his team’s games… one goalie plays 50% and gets worn down.

    thats the difference.

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  85. twilighthours says:

    Of all the ignorant, stupid comments ever posted on this site, this might be the worst. Price is in incredible shape. You know nothing.

  86. geo_habsgo says:

    We’ll meet back here in 10 years and discuss how their careers played out. I’m sure by then you’ll have moved on to trolling other teams blogs.

  87. Boomer says:

    Geo Habs. Game. Set. And Match.

  88. Timo says:

    You can’t deny that Price has great hair.

  89. Boomer says:

    Hometown boy at top of the rankings available when you get to the podium, you saying at that time they shouldn’t of taken him??

  90. Timo says:

    Ooooh, Price – Halak debate! Love it! I missed it so much.
    Btw, Price is a bum and Halak is awesome.

  91. HardHabits says:

    At least somebody is in game shape.


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