Canadiens playoff notebook: Nature is healing with fans returning, Tomas Tatar sees the end, plus the defence juggle

This notion exists that the Canadiens will benefit from some sort of additional home-ice advantage because there will be 2,500 fans cheering them on in Game 6 of their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

After waiting 14 months for this moment to arrive in Canada, after watching playoff games in the United States played in partially full buildings create energy and excitement we have all been longing to see and hear and feel for all that time, after Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice admitted to how jealous he felt watching those games, does anyone honestly believe the athletes themselves will care whether that crowd of 2,500 fans at the Bell Centre are cheering for them or the other team?

“The good news for us, we’ve played in front of people before,” Maple Leafs centre Jason Spezza said Friday, “so we should be comfortable with it.”

Then, Spezza laughed a bit.


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