Stanley Cup: between hope and disappointment


The streets of Montreal continued to vibrate for the Canadiens yesterday, but fan fever was quickly cooled by the Habs’ loss in the Stanley Cup final.

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“It’s disappointing, loose Kody Rogers, 26, who came from Saskatchewan, especially to experience the fever of the playoffs. They will have to win 4 games in a row. “



Faces were long outside Olympic Stadium on Friday night where Canadiens fans could follow the game.



Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

Faces were long outside Olympic Stadium on Friday night where Canadiens fans could follow the game.

After the 5e Lightning goal, several fans began to leave the area around the Bell Center with their heads bowed.



Place des Festivals



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Place des Festivals

However, before the meeting, the mood was high.

“The atmosphere is crazy. We waited 28 years to relive that, ”says Frank Balenzano, 52, leaning in the front row, outside the Bell Center. The 50-year-old came straight down from Toronto with his 17-year-old son Sebastian to be at the heart of the atmosphere during the historic game.



Place des Festivals



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Place des Festivals

A few hours before the start of the game, the Avenue des Canadiens was already full of supporters dressed in their vests who were reserving their places, massed near the screens. Children, adults, the elderly: the motley crowd bustled energetically under the “Go Habs go! “

From the first goal of the CH, some fireworks erupted and confetti flew into the inflamed crowd.

“Our generation has never won a cup. It is time, insists Thomas Roussel, 21. Tonight is our evening. People have energy! ”

“The first two games don’t mean anything,” he adds, a good player.



Quartier des spectacles

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Quartier des spectacles

Between periods, partisans carried out backflips, under the applause and admiring cries of the spectators.



Quartier des spectacles

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Quartier des spectacles

For the third game of the Canadian-Lightning series, Habs fans were finally able to enjoy giant screens in Montreal. At the Quartier des spectacles, 5,000 seats were available, and hundreds of fans gathered near the fences to watch the game, since the screen was visible beyond the perimeter.

“It’s much more controlled than in the crazy crowds. We feel more comfortable to come and watch the match, ”breathes Phamus Provencher, 39 years old.



Quartier des spectacles

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Quartier des spectacles

Rain or shine, the Olympic Park was ready to welcome up to 3,500 fans, in a slightly more family atmosphere. “It was important for us to have a place where there would be no riot”, points out Julie Gougeon, accompanied by her spouse and her children: Édouard, 5 years old, and Laurent, 8 years old.

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