Canadiens advance to Stanley Cup finals, celebration turns into riot

Canadiens advance to Stanley Cup finals, celebration turns into riot
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Last night was Game 6 in the semifinals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights. A lot of Habs fans were outdoors last night, watch the game outside of the Bell Centre, while a small crowd had the chance to watch from indoors.

The crowd was much larger than usual, given that it was Game 6 and the Canadiens had a chance to reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1993 — and would become the first Canadian-based franchise to reach the finals since the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins in 2011. The crowd size was also a little larger than usual because it was Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, a holiday in Quebec which made things extra festive.

When the Habs scored the first goal of the night, fireworks were shot off and continued to be set off throughout the night.

Ultimately, the Canadiens wound up winning the game 3-2 in overtime on a goal by Arrturi Lehkonen sending the team to finals where they await the Game 7 winner between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders.

While things were a little more calm where I was — the only thing happening was super happy crowds, chanting and jumping — down the block some people decided to flip a police car and destroy it.

That's when the riot police were deployed to disperse the crowd forcefully.

This all went on while other Habs fans were just out having fun and dancing in the streets.

It was very interesting to see how the Montreal police did not enforce social distancing or mask wearing the same way they had during the numerous freedom rallies the city recently saw.

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