Habs sweep round 1, fans party in the streets

Flag-waving, “ole ole” chanting, plastic Stanley Cup-hoisting and hollering rolled out of the Bell Centre and into the streets last night. See photos here.

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Habs fans on Ste-Catherine. Photos by Cindy Lopez
 
The Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4–3 Tuesday night, completing their first-round series with a four-game sweep in the NHL playoffs.

Fans immediately bolted out of the Bell Centre to celebrate in the streets. Flag-waving, “ole ole”-chanting and plastic Stanley Cup-hoisting moved from the arena onto Ste-Catherine, and it was a peaceful party — a strong police presence prevented the kind of playoff mayhem we witnessed back in ’08.

See the celebration, captured by Cindy Lopez, here: