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Familiar foes

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
Fans of the Montreal Canadiens miss Brandon Prust, that much we know.

Every time we’ve mentioned Prust on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram since acquiring the 31-year-old forward last July, Habs fans have been quick to proclaim their unwavering love and support for the Ontarian.

In the four months he’s been in Vancouver, we’ve learned why. His sense of humour plays a major part in the connection he made with the fans; think Lack, Eddie or Bieksa, Kevin.

Prust, who faces his former team for the first time Tuesday night, was asked an important question via Twitter Sunday night: when the boys get together, who pays? Prust? PK Subban? Carey Price? Maybe Brendan Gallagher?

Let the games begin.

“It’s always special when you come back and play your buddies and your old team, it should be a fun night,” smiled Prust, who said he made some of his best friends while playing in Montreal.

The trade to Vancouver admittedly shocked Prust, who was coming off a postseason career-best goal and three assists in 12 games in Montreal, but even in early July he had already switched gears and was focusing on the future.

As Prust pointed out, it’s part of the business.

“You don’t have a choice, you have to do it quickly. It wasn’t hard, that’s the business and you look forward, you focus on what’s ahead of you and I’ve found a home here. Right from the first day the guys were great, the hockey world is very welcoming.

“It’s a good bunch of guys here, a very good group, they come to work everyday, everybody is on the same page, it’s a very humble group, no real egos, just a good group of guys that like to have fun.”

Prust has never scored against Montreal in 11 games as a member of the Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers, and with the Canadiens riding a nine-game winning streak to open the season, a Prust goal or two would be oh-so timely.

A win in Vancouver would give Montreal a tie for the longest winning streak to begin a season in NHL history, at 10 games.

“It’s a good squad over there, from the back all the way up,” assessed Prust. “They’re off to a good start and we’re going to try and ruin it for them tomorrow night.”

More importantly, the Canucks are in search of their first home win of the season. They’re 0-2-3 at Rogers Arena so far.

“We’re trying to get our home identity rolling here and we want teams coming in here knowing they’re in for a long night. I don’t think there’s a better time to turn things around than tomorrow night.

“Playing a team that is 9-0-0, we’ve got a lot to prove.”

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