Not every arena can be the Bell Centre, where the crowd starts buzzing about a Habs odd-man rush two shifts before it happens, but tonight's Montreal-Carolina tilt tonight from the RBC Center features the most bizarre crowd noise I've ever heard. There's the usual three-second delay after a goal before the celebration, the passionate booing after every stoppage and rapid shift to jubilation when it turns out to be a Habs penalty or to silence when it's an offside call. But there's just this random, fluctuating din, too. It's like every patron is watching the same very important football game on a portable television, each having been dragged to see this silly ice-based sport by a weird Canadaphilic friend.
(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)