Montreal Canadiens could advance to Stanley Cup final on Quebec's Fete nationale
Montreal Canadiens celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Published Thursday, June 24, 2021 5:18AM EDT
MONTREAL - For the first time since 1993, the Montreal Canadiens are one win away from the Stanley Cup final.
Tonight's game -- being played in Montreal -- coincides with Quebec's Fete nationale holiday.
At some Montreal bars, patrons have been told to arrive between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. if they want to get a table to watch the 8 p.m. game.
Quebec's COVID-19 restrictions require bar patrons to be seated and dancing is not allowed.
Bar operators in downtown Montreal say the Habs' playoff run has led to a dramatic increase in business, following months of COVID-19 closures.
Still, some say they're worried victory celebrations may get out of control.