The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup champions for the second year in a row.
The Lightning downed the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Wednesday night to take the best-of-seven final in five games.
Montrealers rallied across the city to watch the Habs play Game 5 in hopes that the team could win a second consecutive game in the series as it continued its historic Stanley Cup run.
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Thousands of people gathered inside the Bell Centre to watch the game on the stadium’s big screens while several hundreds of fans gathered outside.
“[It’s] the worst feeling in the world,” Canadiens fan Vincent Barakatt told Global News. “[It] feels horrible, but we came a long way.”
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante also showed her support for her city’s team earlier in the evening, tweeting pictures of her watching outdoors alongside her neighbours.
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Meanwhile, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé was seen in a Habs jersey outside the Olympic stadium, where public screenings of the games have been taking place.
The Canadiens arrived in Tampa, FL., on Tuesday after a 3-2 overtime win at home in Game 4.
The team knew they had a mountain to climb to win their 25th Cup title after Tampa swept the Habs in the first three games of the series.
— with files from the Canadian Press
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