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Montreal Canadiens tickets going on sale for 1st round of NHL playoffs

Montreal Canadiens players salute the crowd after defeating the Florida Panthers 6-2 to clinch a playoff spot following NHL hockey action in Montreal on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Montreal Canadiens players salute the crowd after defeating the Florida Panthers 6-2 to clinch a playoff spot following NHL hockey action in Montreal on Thursday, March 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Montreal Canadiens fans are rejoicing after the team clinched a spot in the 2017 NHL playoffs.

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It’s a big difference from last season, when the Habs were eliminated from a post-season appearance after a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers in March.

This season, Montreal (46-25-9, 101 points) topped the Atlantic Division and will go head-to-head with the Rangers (47-27-6, 100 points), who enter the playoffs as the first Eastern wild card.

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During the regular season, the Rangers lost all three games to the Canadiens.

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Tickets for the first round games at the Bell Centre go on sale Thursday at 7 p.m.

The waiting room opens at 6:30 p.m.

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There will be a purchase limit of one game per person and a maximum of six tickets a game.

The NHL will release a complete schedule of the first playoff round following the end of the regular season on April 9.

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The playoffs begin April 12.

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca