Imagine that place in the playoffs. It would be crazy. -Max Pacioretty, Montreal Captain
The Montreal Canadiens made their first ever visit to T-Mobile Arena, and received the full Las Vegas experience, including the butt-kicking. The in-arena entertainment was alive, Vegas fans created a wild atmosphere, and Montreal was clobbered by the Golden Knights. Sounds like a normal trip for most visiting teams.
“It was the coolest road game I’ve ever played. It was unbelievable. It was top notch. Couldn’t ask for better music, better atmosphere, better fans.”- Max Pacioretty, MTL Captain
— Jason R. Pothier (@JRPothier) February 18, 2018
It almost sounds like Pacioretty would consider trading in his red sweater for a suit of gold armor.
Everyone around the league that I’ve talked to that has already played here said the same thing and I just said, ‘oh yeah that’s great,’ but when you experience it for yourself, that was a treat to play and I wish we played them more than once a year. They do such a good job with the entertainment in this building. It was really a lot of fun except for the result. -Pacioretty
Yeah that’s one of the better atmospheres I’ve ever been involved in. It’s obviously a pretty sick place to play. -Jordie Benn, Montreal Defenseman
Benn felt the buzz in the building created by fans of both teams. The heavy presence of Montreal supporters made a regular season game feel like the postseason.
There was a ‘Go Habs Go’ chant going for awhile, and then the Knights fans tried to trump it with one of their chants. Yeah, it’s definitely a good atmosphere. Definitely for the guys that play here it’s a fun place to play. -Benn
After their fifth straight loss, it appeared some of Canadiens were envious of the Golden Knights, and not in a bad way. The Habs are in the middle of a miserable season, it’s below freezing in Montreal, and the roster could be broken up and traded by week’s end. When looking across the ice they watched a first-place team, playing in a first-class city, with no pressure. Plus, it was around 65 degrees (outside) at game time. We’d be jealous too.