Canadiens' poor play sending fans away from the Bell Centre
Attendance dropping along with team's fortunes
The sputtering Montreal Canadiens played host to the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night, and the Bell Centre looked a little less lively than usual.
Stands at Bell Centre after 1st whistle in 1st period. Word from the street is scaplers are selling 2 for 1 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Habs?src=hash">#Habs</a> <a href="https://t.co/pT2H4cf8Em">pic.twitter.com/pT2H4cf8Em</a>—@DGelevan
After starting the season on a tear that put them atop the NHL, the Habs ran into trouble when Carey Price, who had already missed time early in the season with a lower-body injury, re-aggravated it in a Nov. 25 game.
He hasn't played since, and during that time Montreal is 7-20-2 (after Wednesday's loss to Buffalo), dropping them to 12th in the East, well out of a playoff spot.
And now, some fans aren't coming to the rink to show their support. The last time they played at home, the Canadiens lost 5-2 to the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets. The night before, they lost in Columbus by the exact same score.
Here are some of the best tweets surrounding Wednesday's game in Montreal, where "Bell Centre" started trending in Canada:
jesus you can hear the echo at the bell centre—@wihe123
Just saw a guy run down stairs while balancing popcorn on his head. And thats the most impressive thing ive seen at the bell centre tonight—@PrevostTom
Funny the Habs are playing sorry by Bieber right now at the bell centre. Yes it is too late.—@HHABZ
A lot more empty seats in lower bowl of Bell Centre tonight than there were for last <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Habs?src=hash">#Habs</a> game vs. Columbus.—@StuCowan1
Not enough empty seats at the Bell Centre. Cmon people give your head a shake. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boycottgames?src=hash">#boycottgames</a> #—@johnsousa11
Buffalo opened the scoring on its first shot on net, and led 1-0 entering the second period. But Montreal started the next period with boatloads of energy, taking a 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately for the fans in attendance, Buffalo scored three unanswered goals in the third en route to a 4-2 win.