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After Montreal Canadiens clinch overtime win, celebrations lead to 4 arrests

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Montreal police say four arrests and more than 30 tickets were handed out as celebrations unfolded in the downtown core after a Game 4 overtime victory by the Canadiens over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brayden Jagger Haines joins us with the latest on a city breathing a big sigh of relief this morning as the Stanley Cup Finals head back to Florida. – Jul 6, 2021

Montreal police say four arrests and 36 tickets were handed out as celebrations unfolded in the downtown core after a Game 4 overtime victory by the Canadiens over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Jean-Pierre Brabant, a spokesperson for the city’s police department, said the arrests were related to an assault with a weapon but that no injuries were reported on Monday night. Meanwhile, 21 tickets for municipal infractions and 15 for road safety violations were issued.

“All of it unfolded very well,” he said.

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The Habs managed to stave off elimination in the Stanley Cup finals shortly after 11 p.m. when the match went into overtime. Josh Anderson snagged the winning goal at 3:57 of overtime to thunderous applause and cheering.

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The 3-2 win against the Lightning sparked a wave of jubilation outside the Bell Centre, where hundreds of fans had gathered to watch the game.

Officers moved quickly to clear a crowd gathered outside the area, deploying tear gas and pepper spray in the downtown area. Police had promised to be visible at outdoor locations that were broadcasting the game.

Viewing parties at the Quartier des Spectacles and the Olympic Stadium in the city’s east end were also scenes of celebration.

A Montreal Canadiens fan is taken down by police after the crowd was dispersed outside the Bell Centre in Montreal following the team’s overtime win in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup final on Monday. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, donning a red, white and blue T-shirt, was on the esplanade at the Big O to soak it all in.

“What an end to the game,” she wrote on Twitter. “We’re going back to Tampa, we’re going to get the next game.”

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Montreal Canadiens fans react during second period Game 4 Stanley Cup finals action against the Tampa Bay Lightning, outside the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

The Canadiens’ fairy tale playoff run is the first time the storied club has made it to the Stanley Cup final since 1993. Their overtime victory means the team has made a dent in the daunting comeback against the Lightning, which leads the series 3-1.

Game 5 will be held in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

with files from Global News’ Annabelle Olivier and The Canadian Press

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