Rioting, Looting in Montreal after Canadiens WIN
MONTREAL Gazette photographer Phil Carpenter caught the image of a young woman standing in front of the smashed windows of an SAQ outlet on Ste. Catherine St., arms spread wide, imploring the crowd not to loot the store. In the free-for-all that took place after Game 7, the opportunistic looters ignored her. Police had bumped up their numbers by 50 per cent to 750 officers for Wednesday nights postgame festivities, but almost three hours after the Habs trounced the Penguins 5-2 and most of the real fans had gone home, the ugly element came out to play. A small minority of troublemakers with criminal intent ruined what had been a jubilant celebration by about 50000 fans. There were 41 arrests for assaulting police officers, breaking and entering, mischief and public drunkenness. Police spokesperson Sylvain Lemay said there were many photos taken and he expects there will be more arrests in the days ahead. Windows were broken on three stores on Ste. Catherine near Stanley St., and looters helped themselves to bottles of Grey Goose vodka ($43.25) just inside the door of the SAQ, womens clothing from Marciano and T-shirts and shoes from Foot Locker.