Killorn and Barberio thrilled to face hometown Canadiens
For Lightning C Alex Killorn and D Mark Barberio, who grew up in bordering neighborhoods in Montreal's west island, facing the Canadiens in the playoffs is extra special.
"It's really exciting," Killorn said. "A lot of friends and family are going to be watching. I'm not sure how many of them will be rooting for me."
Quipped Barberio: "I've got some family that still won't change."
Killorn said he'd go to a few Canadiens games a season as a kid, and almost always wore the jersey of his favorite player, Saku Koivu, while skating in a nearby park. Barberio said he watched "pretty much every game" on TV with his dad, and feels fortunate he could be on the same ice with his role model, Canadiens D Andrei Markov.
Both say traveling to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 will be a huge thrill, considering what the town is like during playoff-time.
"In Montreal, the Canadiens are the biggest thing there," Barberio said. "Hockey is like a religion."
Said Killorn: "Crazy, crazy atmosphere. The whole town stops."
The two are prepared for desperate ticket requests, knowing they won't all be supporters.
"Even after we beat Montreal last time, my buddies were sending me some mean texts," Killorn said. "It's funny. They still rather the Canadiens win."