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If Canadiens sweep, Montreal police will be ready 0

Valerie Gonthier, QMI Agency

Fans watch a burning police car after a playoff game between the Bruins and Canadiens in Montreal, Tuesday, April 22, 2008. (QMI Agency/Files)

Fans watch a burning police car after a playoff game between the Bruins and Canadiens in Montreal, Tuesday, April 22, 2008. (QMI Agency/Files)

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MONTREAL - 

Montreal police will be ready to handle any potential fan overflow following Game 4 between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Up 3-0 on Tampa, the Habs are looking for a first-round sweep Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

"Because of the series, there will be more people around the Bell Centre," police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant said. "We will ensure the safety of people around the site at the entrance and exit."

In the past, police have had to intervene with hockey fans celebrating in the streets of Montreal.

Six years ago, a fan celebration turned violent and led to clashes with police following a playoff series win against the Boston Bruins.

The riot police and firefighters had to intervene. Many storefronts were vandalized and no less than 16 police cars were also burned and damaged.


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