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 Fête 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.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 24, 2021.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.