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04-23-2004, 02:45 PM
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Lightning have never seen anything like the Montreal crowd

Seriously, have they ever been placed under that kind of pressure before? I think that will have a huge affect on this series, especially if we can win one in Tampa.

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The problem is, guys like Lecavalier, St-Louis and Richards will like it...

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Seriously, have they ever been placed under that kind of pressure before? I think that will have a huge affect on this series, especially if we can win one in Tampa.
Perhaps, but the Bolts had a tremendous road record this year. Plus, the last 2 years they're 5-3 in road playoff games.

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Seriously, have they ever been placed under that kind of pressure before? I think that will have a huge affect on this series, especially if we can win one in Tampa.
The Pressure cooker that is the Bell Centre is definately a place to marvel and in some sense look at in awe... HOwever these players are professionals and for the majority of the time are expected - and do so perform under these circumstances. Though as you so rightly say this is now playoff time and The Bell Centre has just crept up a few decibells, the banners are starting to wave again and that torch is rising (or so we wish or are lend to believe) for players such as St Louis and Lecavalier there will love the chance to come back home and show Ol' MOntreal what they can do (in another thread i said that i think that one of these big guns will choke and this is down to being too motivated or over motivated) Though it will be the lesser players the people who don't really not what to expect when they roll in to town. The rookies and maybe the foreign players... These are the guys who may just appear to be like a Deer caught in the headlights. Our boys therefore will thrive on this volume and the relentless support we show them. Its gonna be a great series it just all depends i think on how we do in Florida....

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Seriously, have they ever been placed under that kind of pressure before? I think that will have a huge affect on this series, especially if we can win one in Tampa.
I think Lightning fans made NHL record with 27,000 in attendance for one of the playoff games.

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Exactly.

Just because Tampa is a newer hockey market doesn't mean that suddenly their players will forget what it's like to play hockey in big games. These aren't veteran players to be sure, but they've played in the second round before and some will feed off the atmosphere and some will be affected by it. Bottom line, in a best of 7, the jitters are usually gone by the second period, Game 1. Players may be affected by the style of play in the playoffs, but pressure is a media term...and only a couple players per team are ever really under pressure. I can see the fans being a big factor in motivating the home team, but as far as intimidation goes...I don't know about that. Say Lecavalier has a bad series...people will suspect it's because of added pressure of playing in Montreal...but I don't think that will be a huge factor necessarily.

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Having said that though...I get chills when I see and hear how loud and crazy Montreal fans can be. The reason they built the Bell Centre to be so freaking huge is because they figured the could pack more people in there...so I'm looking forward to a loud (and good looking) haha...crowd making a big difference for the Habs!

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I think Lightning fans made NHL record with 27,000 in attendance for one of the playoff games.
Impossible. Montreal has the biggest arena with 21,000 (et quelques poussieres) seats.
EDIT : I can be wrong

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Impossible. Montreal has the biggest arena with 21,000 (et quelques poussieres) seats.
EDIT : I can be wrong
The Lightning used to play in the Thunderdome (now Tropicana Field) which held 28,000+


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The problem is, guys like Lecavalier, St-Louis and Richards will like it...
Khabibulin will be alright as well, since 4-syllable names are so hard to chant in a deriding, mocking way.

Kha-bi-BUUUUU-lin

Nope. Just doesn't work. Damn.

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I think we're gonna have to boo the Canadian anthem to get Lecav, St. Louis and Richards off their game.

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I think we're gonna have to boo the Canadian anthem to get Lecav, St. Louis and Richards off their game.

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The Lightning used to play in the Thunderdome (now Tropicana Field) which held 28,000+
Wasn't that a baseball field? I remember hearing something about it a while ago...

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Khabibulin will be alright as well, since 4-syllable names are so hard to chant in a deriding, mocking way.

Kha-bi-BUUUUU-lin

Nope. Just doesn't work. Damn.
Well people can still yell NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKOLAAAAAAAIIIIIIIII

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Wasn't that a baseball field? I remember hearing something about it a while ago...
Actually now its primarily home to rodeos and gun shows.

(and something like 81 D-Ray games, but who cares)

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Boston had the best road record in the NHL this season....nuff said.
Injury to the Thornton and concussions to Samsonov and Nylander will do it to you but you are right playoffs are completely different animal.

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Boston had the best road record in the NHL this season....nuff said.
True, one more win than the Bolts. My point is (which has been made in this thread already), these are professional players who are not going to be intimidated by something like that. Will they be nervous? Yeah, probably. Who wouldn't? But I don't think it will affect what happens on the ice.

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True, one more win than the Bolts. My point is (which has been made in this thread already), these are professional players who are not going to be intimidated by something like that. Will they be nervous? Yeah, probably. Who wouldn't? But I don't think it will affect what happens on the ice.
Maybe it's gonna pump them up even more!

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Khabibulin will be alright as well, since 4-syllable names are so hard to chant in a deriding, mocking way.

Kha-bi-BUUUUU-lin

Nope. Just doesn't work. Damn.

Sure it does! just leave out the beginning!

"Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo o-lin"

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Well people can still yell NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKOLAAAAAAAIIIIIIIII
I am having weird thoughts of that silly Ricola Swiss cough drop commercial.

RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICOLAAAAAAAAAA NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKOLAAAAAAAAA

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I am having weird thoughts of that silly Ricola Swiss cough drop commercial.

RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICOLAAAAAAAAAA NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKOLAAAAAAAAA

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Its funny, because the Islanders said that we've never seen a crowd like that at their arena

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What makes Montreal special IMO, is the way fans react outside of the arena. The way after every win you could hear people in the streets cheering and cars honking until late at night. All you see on TV, all read in papers and all you hear on radio is about the Habs.

That's what makes Montreal such a difficult place to play.

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What makes Montreal special IMO, is the way fans react outside of the arena. The way after every win you could hear people in the streets cheering and cars honking until late at night. All you see on TV, all read in papers and all you hear on radio is about the Habs.

That's what makes Montreal such a difficult place to play.
As a few of us have said before Dutchy very much like a Soccer/Football game type of atmosphere.... the buzz goes on for hours after the game is over....

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As a few of us have said before Dutchy very much like a Soccer/Football game type of atmosphere.... the buzz goes on for hours after the game is over....
That is something I will have to experience one day...

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