On Feb. 11 the All Habs Tweetup crew hosted a Toronto event at St. Louis Bar and Grill for a Hockey Day in Canada match up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
During the last year I’ve been reading up on these tweetup events and the friendships that come out of meeting fellow twitter Habs fans face-to-face, and finally had the opportunity to attend one myself.
After carefully choosing which of
my bleu, blanc, rouge outfits to sport to the bar (I went with a Josh Gorges t-shirt), and raiding my step dad’s closet to give my Sens fan fiance a sweater to wear, we were on our way to show our colours in enemy territory.
Not going to lie…the following words did escape my mouth en route to the bar:
“The Habs better win this game, I am going to be so embarrassed if we take over a Toronto bar and have to walk out with a loss”
Luckily for me, Les Canadiens not only won, they completely dominated the blue and white in their home arena and shut them out on a night they were celebrating their beloved ex captain Mats Sundin.
From the moment I walked into the bar, I knew it was going to be a great night.
We were welcomed with open arms by my Twitter acquaintances whom I’ve built online relationships with throughout the last year or two.
It was pretty surprising when I didn’t even have to introduce myself; as I walked in Dayes yelled “hey! Melissa”
When Erik Cole scored five minutes into the second period to give Montreal a 1-0 lead, the entire bar (okay, our entire group…which made up 3/4 of the bar) errupted in cheers as @Kuyaz came around and gave everyone a high five.
The blue and white crowd at St. Louis would remain silent for the rest of the game as the Habs went on to rout the Leafs 5-0 just hours after Sundin claimed Toronto was the hockey capital of the world, in his pre game speech.
So much for that, eh Mats?
The Canadiens chased James Reimer out of the net after 40 minutes of play, after he allowed four goals on just 15 shots. Jonas Gustavsson replaced “Reim Time” between the pipes for the third period and was beat once on three attempts.
Carey Price made 32 saves for a perfect game, as Montreal won their fourth straight.
It was the first shutout by the Canadiens in Toronto since Jose Theodore blanked the Leafs 4-0 on Oct. 11, 2003.
The Canadiens league-leading penalty kill was tested five times, while they’re power play (which is second worst in the league) was 1-for-2.
Back to the Tweetup…
On each table was a piece of paper that included feedback on the event and a short quiz about Hockey Day in Canada.
Needless to say, I didn’t know a single answer on the test but wound of winning a prize, $25 St. Louis gift card, for ‘most creative answers’.
When Lars Eller dangled Dion Phaneuf and undressed Reimer for the Habs fourth goal, we were pretty sure the Leafs would not be able to come back into the game in the third period.
During the second intermission our group sang happy birthday for former Montrealer Jaroslav Spacek, who was celebrating his 38th birthday.
There’s a video recording of it somewhere, you’ll have to ask @cokeaddict for it.
After filling up on nachos, wings, delicious drinks and plenty of high fives, hugs and photos the night came to an end and it was time to part ways.
A big thank you to @Kuyaz and @Cokeaddict for putting on a fabulous event. I can’t wait for the next one!
Next on my bucket list is to attend a Tweetup in Montreal.