Canadiens revive famous Bell Centre atmosphere with blissful first win

Asia's Tech News Daily

MONTREAL — It was an atmosphere not witnessed at the Bell Centre since well before March of 2020, when the Canadiens were playing out the string of a horrible season right as COVID-19 touched down in North America.

Canadiens revive famous Bell Centre atmosphere with blissful first win
© CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Mike Hoffman,

You could feel it right from the start of what turned out to be a slump-busting 6-1 win for Montreal over the Detroit Red Wings, and you could still feel it long after it ended.

What a mammoth boost for a Canadiens team that desperately needed one.

“I think they were waiting to give that to us,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said. “We had a run last year (to the Stanley Cup Final) that our fans loved. We gave them energy, and I think they wanted to give it back to our players. But we also didn’t give them the occasion to give it back to us.”

After starting off with two losses on the road, the Canadiens dropped their first three games at home. The 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday saw them booed off the ice by a crowd 5,010 fans short of capacity, and as Jonathan Drouin put it ahead of Saturday’s game, that was something he and his teammates “deserved.”

“It was a horrible performance,” Drouin said. “The fans have the right to their own opinion and the right to do what they want…”

What the 19,706 fans at the Bell Centre wanted to do on Saturday was lift the Canadiens to their first win of the season.

They started on that quest shortly after the puck dropped. “Go Habs Go!” they chanted—even after Detroit opened the scoring with a power-play goal off Dylan Larkin’s stick 5:25 into the first period.

They absolutely erupted when Ben Chiarot tied the game roughly nine minutes later.

Mike Hoffman scored his first goal of the season—and his first as a Canadien—on the power play at 16:15 of the frame. Christian Dvorak scored his first 3:17 into the second, and a win was practically in the bag right then and there.

You can imagine how these newcomers to the team felt coming off a miserable stretch Ducharme implied felt interminable. To be finally on the board, finally embraced by the infamous Bell Centre crowd, finally hearing “Nana na na, nana na na, hey hey hey, goodbye,” as the last five minutes ticked off the clock, finally able to salute the fans with sticks in the air and a win under their belts must have been bliss.

Can you possibly imagine what it was like for Mathieu Perreault, the 33-year-old who was born and raised an hour and 20 minutes away from the building and never in his wildest dreams would’ve thought he’d score a natural hat trick as a member of the home team and have his name chanted by everyone at full blast?

“That was something incredible,” the Drummondville, Que., native said.

Premiere étoile, Mathieu Perreault

— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) October 24, 2021

Perreault scored his third goal into an empty net with 6:44 to go in the third period, and as the cameras focused on him in between then and the next whistle, his eyes were practically bulging out of his head while he scanned the crowd and revelled in what was happening around him.

“Looking at the crowd and they were chanting my name, and this was all for me at the time,” Perreault said, “so I was just trying to take it in as much as I can. This is something I may never experience again, so I was just trying to take as much as I can out of it.”

It was special for everyone on the Canadiens—from Ducharme to Sami Niku, who played his first game of the season after suffering a concussion minutes into his exhibition debut.

He assisted on Hoffman’s goal, set up Dvorak’s, finished plus-three in 15:21, and was named the second star of the game.

Niku also had his name chanted by the crowd when he came out for his curtain call.

He said it was “an unreal feeling,” and something he’d never experienced before in the NHL.

For Chiarot, a key member of the 2020-21 Canadiens who played in empty buildings for all but a handful of playoff games—an experience he qualified as “not fun,” and “not exciting.”—the atmosphere during Saturday’s game was impossible to disengage from.

The wave went around for five minutes straight in the third period, with the fans up and down out of their seats and roaring all along, and he loved every second of it.

“You notice the wave when you’ve got 19, 20,000 people doing it,” said Chiarot. “It’s what makes this place special to play. It’s a unique atmosphere in the NHL and we’re lucky that we get to play in front of them.”

It was good for the soul on this night.

As was the win, ahead of a trip through Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

“Obviously, it’s good to get that first one,” Ducharme said. “We talked about it, but I think the one thing now—and the reason why I say it’s going to make us better—is we don’t want to go back there. Nobody wants to have that feeling again. It was the longest 10 days (during the losing streak). You’re going back home, you still have that with you. Even though you don’t want to think about it, it’s right there, it’s no fun. That’s one thing we’ll make sure of is we don’t want to get that feeling back.

“I think it’s going to make us better in that sense, because we know and we understand how much urgency that we need to put into our game and the compete level and so on. Are we going to be perfect? No. But I think it’s going to make us better, and it’s still a long season, and we have work to do and that’s what we’re going to do.”

If the Canadiens can come back from the road with a few more wins registered, they’ll return to the atmosphere they experienced at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


One English medium school to be opened in each ward of SDMC

To improve services related to education, SDMC will be opening one English-medium in each of its 104 wards. South Delhi Municipal Corporation has improved the quality of education in its ... Read more »

Israel's digital wallets to expand as Google Pay launches

FILE PHOTO: Photo illustration of Apple Pay and Google Pay logos By Steven Scheer JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google Pay launched in Israel on Tuesday, with Israel's major banks ... Read more »

FULL INTERVIEW: UW Health discusses Omicron COVID variant

FULL INTERVIEW: UW Health discusses Omicron COVID variant Read more »

Omicron less dangerous than other variants

A doctor discusses the new information about the omicron variant. Read more »

Storm Arwen power cuts ‘made worse by wind from unusual direction'

Recent power cuts during Storm Arwen were partly exacerbated by the wind hitting from the wrong direction, a representative of the trade body for energy networks has said. Paul McGimpsey, ... Read more »

Travel bans are ineffective and will not stop Omicron, WHO says

Travel bans to control Covid-19 are ineffective and will not stop Omicron, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reiterated, as it urged countries to stick to tried and tested methods. ... Read more »

Nearly 70 medics Covid positive after party

© Reuters Health authorities say all the positive cases are medics who attended a Christmas party Almost 70 medics who attended a large Christmas party in southern Spain have since ... Read more »

Salleh saran 3 kaedah untuk Sabah gandakan KDNK tahun depan

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Salleh Said Keruak turut menekankan kepentingan autonomi ekonomi untuk Sabah yang mampu meningkatkan kecekapan pengurusan dan menyokong aktiviti pelaburan serta eksport. (Gambar Bernama) PETALING ... Read more »

Pengembara VTL, gelembung Langkawi perlu disaring setiap hari selepas tiba

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today (Gambar Bernama) PETALING JAYA: Menteri Kesihatan, Khairy Jamaluddin mengumumkan pengembara untuk Laluan Perjalanan Lengkap Vaksin (VTL) antara Malaysia dan Singapura serta Gelembung Pelancongan Antarabangsa ... Read more »

How July riots pummelled SA's economy

© Provided by Times Live After recording four consecutive quarters of positive growth, real GDP slumped by 1.5% between July and September, eroding some of the gains the country had ... Read more »

Scurvy porch pirates abound in South Florida. Don't let them ruin your holidays

It is peak season for South Florida’s porch pirates to purloin packages from your doorstep. “We see a spike at this time of year, so we’ve all got to be ... Read more »

Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen: The crashes, controversies and close calls to have shaped the season

(Getty Images) The outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship will be decided at Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after a season-long title fight which could not be more ... Read more »

Money launderer for Iran, dubbed ‘the Turkish Gatsby,' enjoys lavish life in Miami

Facing 130 years in prison, infamous Turkish-Iranian money launderer Reza Zarrab took a plea deal in 2017 agreeing to testify in U.S. courts. Federal officials have since kept him out ... Read more »

District declines Michigan AG offer to probe Oxford shooting

1 / 4School Shooting MichiganOakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald addresses the media in her office, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Pontiac, Mich. McDonald filed involuntary manslaughter charges against Jennifer and ... Read more »

Sir Ian McGeechan calls on Boks to join ‘Seven Nations'

British and Irish Lions Legend Sir Ian McGeechan believes that the Six Nations should be expanded to include South Africa. © PA Images Ian-McGeechan-former-Lions-coach-2021-PA Although the Springboks have committed to ... Read more »

Improving English clubs await moment of truth in Champions Cup

There are two schools of thought out there – and probably always will be. The first is that the Gallagher Premiership, English rugby’s flagship competition, is the toughest league in ... Read more »

Bigg Boss 15: Tejasswi Prakash's brother Pratik wants to see THESE contestants in TOP 3 [EXCLUSIVE]

© Provided by This season of Bigg Boss is quite dull. The TRPs of the season is not picking up despite the entry of the wildcards entering the house. ... Read more »

Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal to have joint mehendi ceremony with their families. Read details

Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal’s wedding day is almost here and their fans can’t wait for the couple to already tie the knot. Not just the fans, but Vicky and ... Read more »

After Pearl Harbor nothing was the same: 80 years later, attack still shakes my family

My father was a toddler in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The fallout changed his family's trajectory forever. Read more »

Bigg Boss 15: Sofia Hayat on Rakhi Sawant & Ritesh's Relationship: I was part of their marriage

© Provided by Pinkvilla After many ‘Bigg Boss’ fans posted on social media that Rakhi Sawant has falsely introduced a cameraman of the reality show as her husband, her friend ... Read more »

Katie Price gives away ANOTHER of her kids' pets as she hands off cat Hagrid – just 3 months after ditching dog Precious

KATIE Price has given away ANOTHER of her children's pets, handing off cat Hagrid just months after ditching little dog Precious. The mother-of-five gave away daughter Princess' dream French Bulldog ... Read more »

I'm A Celebrity fans all have the same complaint after Kadeena Cox is sent home

VIEWERS of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! have been left fuming after they claimed that the show's app wasn't working for them during last night's episode. Fans ... Read more »

Elon Musk said Neuralink hopes to start implanting its brain chips in humans in 2022, later than he anticipated

© Provided by Business Insider Elon Musk, founder of Neuralink and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. Hannibal Hanschke Pool / Getty Images Elon Musk said Neuralink hopes to start implanting ... Read more »

Siasatan kes seleweng geran Mitra pada peringkat akhir

© Provided by Sinar Harian SEREMBAN – Siasatan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) terhadap kes penyelewengan geran Unit Transformasi Masyarakat India Malaysia (Mitra) kini pada peringkat akhir. Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM, ... Read more »

Mahkamah Rayuan tolak permohonan Najib kemuka bukti baru kes SRC

© Provided by MalaysiaNow Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini menolak permohonan bekas perdana menteri Najib Razak untuk mengemukakan bukti baru dalam rayuan kes penyelewengan dana RM42 juta SRC International. Najib hadir ... Read more »

Kartel Jabatan Imigresen: SPRM belum dapat maklumat

© Provided by Sinar Harian SEREMBAN – Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) belum menerima maklumat lanjut berkenaan dakwaan wujud kegiatan kartel dalam kalangan pegawai Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia (Imigresen). Ketua Pesuruhjaya ... Read more »

Scientists Say Another Pandemic Is Inevitable, Here's Why

Nurses caring for Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London. (Photo: Victoria Jones via PA Wire/PA Images) The next pandemic is ... Read more »

Girl, 11, died after getting tangled in garden swing rope while phoning friends

Grace Patricia Hamnet, 11, accidentally strangled herself on the rope of a garden swing at her home in Widnes in May. (Reach) An 11-year-old girl died after she accidentally strangled ... Read more »

AstraZeneca pushes deeper into rare diseases with $3.6bn deal for liver drug

Prince of Wales joins Astra execs at its new Cambridge campus (PA) Drugmaker AstraZeneca today pushed deeper into the lucrative but high-risk rare diseases market, signing a deal worth up ... Read more »

Keputusan rayuan kes SRC Najib dibaca menerusi Zoom

© Provided by Sinar Harian PUTRAJAYA – Bekas Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak perlu hadir di Mahkamah Rayuan pada Rabu bagi mendengar keputusan rayuan sabitan dan hukuman kes ... Read more »

'Pembekal, peniaga ayam beri alasan dedak naik harga'

© Provided by Sinar Harian KOTA BHARU – Harga dedak naik merupakan alasan paling banyak diterima Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP) Kelantan daripada pembekal dan peniaga ... Read more »

Harga dedak naik, alasan paling banyak diterima

© Provided by Sinar Harian KOTA BHARU – Harga dedak naik merupakan alasan paling banyak diterima Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP) Kelantan daripada pembekal dan peniaga ayam ... Read more »

West could cut Russia from SWIFT, sanction Nord Stream, Latvia says

© Reuters/INTS KALNINS Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rinkevics speaks during news conference in Riga By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) -The West must send a strong message to Russia to ... Read more »

Niger Delta youths protest against month-long oil spill

© Provided by Al Jazeera Members of the Nembe community paddle a canoe across Santa Barbara River following the oil spill, November 25 [Temilade Adelaja/Reuters] Lagos, Nigeria – Members of ... Read more »

JKM bantu keluarga empat beradik tercicir persekolahan

© Provided by Sinar Harian KOTA BHARU – Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) akan membantu keluarga empat beradik yang tercicir persekolahan akibat kesempitan hidup berikutan bapa mereka menghidap penyakit gout kronik ... Read more »

4,573kg minyak masak cuba diseludup ke negara jiran dirampas

© Provided by Sinar Harian KOTA BHARU – Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP) Kelantan bersama Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA) berjaya merampas 4,573 kilogram (kg) minyak masak ... Read more »

Japan to provide $2.8 billion worth of aid for better nutrition -PM Kishida

© Reuters/ISSEI KATO An elderly man receives food aid handouts, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Tokyo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will provide aid worth more ... Read more »

Alkohol-Experiment zeigt: Eigene Trunkenheit wird häufig unterschätzt

Ein feucht-fröhliches Experiment an der Universität Witten-Herdecke stimmt Mediziner sorgenvoll: Nach Alkoholgenuss schätzen viele die eigene Trunkenheit falsch ein. Was könnte helfen? © Bereitgestellt von Blick Eigene Trunkenheit wird häufig ... Read more »

«Rechnet am Mittwoch mehr Zeit ein für den Arbeitsweg»

Diashow ein Es wird wieder mit Neuschnee im Flachland gerechnet. An gewissen Orten kann es bis zu 20 Zentimeter hinlegen. In der Nacht auf Donnerstag soll der Schnee dann auch ... Read more »

Kia Carens bekommt eine coole Neuauflage, aber nur in Indien

Das Modell mutiert vom Kompakt-Van in Richtung SUV Diashow ein Angriff auf Touran und Co. Kia schickt die Neuauflage des Carens an den Start Angriff auf Touran und Co. Der ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic