Garbage littered the street in front of the Bell Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night to claim Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The series now moves to Tampa, where the Lightning, still leading 3-1, has a chance to win the Cup at home (as their mayor, Jane Castor, was hoping).
But those odds didn't seem to damper Montrealers' spirit after their team's victory Monday. Video footage shows a crowd of hundreds outside the Bell Centre celebrating the Canadiens' win.
The video, captured by MTL Blog's Alex Melki, shows the crowd cheering and jumping at the moment the game ended and lingering downtown before police appear to disperse revellers. Melki reported that the SPVM used tear gas.
Garbage littered the streets.
In a morning report, SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant said four people were arrested for assaults on police officers.
Police also issued 36 tickets, Brabant said: 21 for municipal by-law violations and 15 for violations to the road code.
"At the end of the day, it went really well," he added.
"What we would like is for the Lightning to take it a little bit easy, to give the Canadiens just the smallest break to allow them to win one at home. Then, bring it back to Amalie Arena for the finals and the Stanley Cup," she said with a smile.
She admitted that she didn't want to speak too soon, but said "[the Tampa Bay Lightning] are playing some amazing, amazing hockey."
The Montreal Canadiens will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final this Monday, July 5, at 8 p.m. at the Bell Centre — so we'll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.
Has Valérie Plante said anything about the Habs vs. the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals?
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The Campbell Bowl is a sterling-silver trophy named after him. It is presented annually "to the Western Conference team that advances to the Stanley Cup Final."
While the Canadiens typically play out of the Eastern conference, the pandemic caused the NHL to rejig its conferences and realign its teams into four new divisions.
As a result, the NHL decided that the winner of the Montreal Canadiens versus Vegas Golden Knights series would get the Campbell Bowl while the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Islanders series would get the Prince of Wales trophy, which typically goes to the Eastern Conference playoff winner.
Why is this victory so historic?
Not only is the fact that the Canadiens were contenders for the Campbell Bowl historic, but it's also a monumental victory for another reason.
Clarence Campbell himself once contributed to a Montreal riot that caused the Habs to forfeit a game.
On March 13, 1955, Montreal hockey legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard was high-sticked in the head by the Boston Bruins' Hal Laycoe. When the Bruins' Cliff Thompson intervened in the ensuing fight, Richard punched him in the face, causing him to bleed from his eye and rendering him unconscious.
Campbell made the decision to suspend Richard for the last three games in the regular season, as well as the playoffs — and his decision came to a head the following game against the Detroit Red Wings.
When Campbell arrived at the Montreal Forum on March 15, 1955, a tear gas bomb went off, forcing an angry Montreal crowd to spill out onto Rue Sainte-Catherine.
The Habs had to forfeit the game to Detroit after one period.
Fires were lit, glass was shattered and people were injured, causing Richard to broadcast a message to Montrealers the next day, saying that he would accept the punishment in an effort to stop the riots.
From the "Richard Riots" to the Campbell Bowl, this feels like a full-circle moment.
Why wouldn't the Habs touch the trophy?
The Montreal Canadiens did not touch the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.
Did they touch it? (Since 1999)
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Do you feel it? The way the positivity clings to the air? It's real and it's happening, Montreal, because a lot of us are finally feeling optimistic about pretty much everything that's going on in the city and it honestly feels so great.