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Montreal police fire tear gas into raucous crowd after Canadiens win

Last Updated Jun 25, 2021 at 6:11 am MDT

Summary

Montreal Canadiens have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 28 years

Canadiens' win over Vegas Golden Knights set off riots in Montreal Thursday night

Images on social media show a rowdy crowd clad in Canadiens jerseys flipping over a police car

MONTREAL – Police in Montreal fired tear gas into the large, raucous crowd that gathered after the Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Cup Final Thursday night.

Around 11:15 p.m. ET, Police spokesperson Manuel Couture said officers were assaulted and vehicles were vandalized.

Photos and video posted to social media show a rowdy crowd clad in Canadiens jerseys flipping over a police car.

Artturi Lehkonen scored in overtime as Montreal beat Vegas 3-2 to take the third-round series in six games, with the goal setting off wild scenes inside and outside the Bell Centre.

Following the game, fans were temporarily forced to stay inside the arena due to safety concerns as the streets in the nearby area became raucous.

Shortly before 1 a.m. ET, riot police were still working to disperse groups of revellers in downtown Montreal, saying things were gradually returning to normal.

However, police said a heavy police presence continued.

The crowd appeared to have dispersed about an hour later.

The Canadiens are headed to the NHL championship for the first time since 1993.

Assistant coach Luke Richardson opened his post-game press conference with a message to those outside the arena.

“I know it’s a little crazy outside the Bell Centre. But we hope everybody’s enjoying themselves and has a great time, and especially with Saint-Jean-Baptist Day, and it’s such a special day to celebrate. But let’s make sure we all celebrate responsibly and get home safe.”