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Prices for Habs playoff tickets skyrocketing

Montreal Canadiens players wave to the crowd after defeating the Boston Bruins in the game six of...

Montreal Canadiens players wave to the crowd after defeating the Boston Bruins in the game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

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, Last Updated: 1:42 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Fans looking to see the Canadiens play the Rangers in either city may need to take out a loan to buy tickets. Some scalpers and ticket websites are reselling the very best seats for thousands of dollars.

About 5,000 tickets went on sale through the Canadiens.com website on Thursday and sold out within 90 minutes.

Lucky fans were able to purchase tickets at face value, which ranged from $95 for the cheapest ticket in the upper deck to $642 for a seat so close you can see Carey Price's playoff beard growing in.

The Canadiens website also has a portal where season ticket holders can resell their tickets to the public, with the team and the vendor each getting a percentage of the mark-up.

The cheapest ticket on the portal was $210 for the $95 face-value nosebleed ticket. The most expensive was a centre-ice ticket selling for $2010, slightly above the face value price of $642.

According to the ticket resale aggregator tiqIQ.com, the average price for a ticket in Montreal for the series is $637.

Meanwhile, Habs fans in Manhattan might be better off going to Finnerty's, the East Village bar that has become the spot for expats NYC-area fans of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge.

Tickets for next Thursday's game in New York are as high as $3,558 a ticket on tiqIQ.com.

"Tickets for the Habs Rangers series are the most expensive I've seen for a conference final in years," said Jesse Lawrence, founder of tiqIQ.com.

-- with files from Marie-Joelle Parent and Dave Kaufman


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