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Montreal Canadiens could advance to Stanley Cup final on Quebec's Fête nationale

Last Updated Jun 24, 2021 at 5:31 am EDT

Montreal Canadiens players salute the fans in Montreal on May 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

For the first time since 1993, the Montreal Canadiens are one win away from the Stanley Cup final.

Thursday’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.