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Boston - December 19, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

The Club level over at the TD Garden also functions as a mini-museum dedicated to the athletic exploits of all the different sports organizations from the Boston area. Pay a visit and you’ll be able to take a look at old planks of wood taken from the floor of the Boston Garden where the Celtic enjoyed many moments of glory, old Patriots uniform, a Red Sox mural, snapshots from a few legendary boxing bouts, and a whole lot more. While we were wandering from display to display enjoying all the history, one particular exhibit caught our eye – the university hockey display. We were curious to see how front-and-center Canadiens captain, Brian Gionta would be, considering he captained Boston College to the 2001 NCAA Championship early in his career. As it turns out… unless the staff could benefit from a trip to the optometrist, Gionta's time captaining the Boston College squad was left off the exhibit altogether.

If you happen to be catching a Habs-Bruins game in Beantown, don’t consider your trip complete unless you’ve paid a visit to the Union Oyster House. Not only is it a stone’s throw away from the TD Garden, but after walking through its doors you’ll also be able to lay claim to having visited the oldest restaurant in the United States of America. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2003, the Oyster House opened its doors all the way back in 1826 – making it almost 200 years old. Sure, they have tables like any other dining establishment, but for the best experience, try and grab a seat right at the oyster bar itself. The wooden counter (from what we could tell) has never been changed and its front is actually worn away at a slight angle from so many people leaning against it over the years while devouring their oysters. Not an oyster fan? The joint also serves up a variety of traditional New England fare including lobsters, baked beans and steak.

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