This was a celebration for the ages.
Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin had an epic celebration after his team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their semifinal playoff series. Artturi Lehkonen scored the OT winner to send Montreal to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 28 years.
Montreal’s run has been incredible. They were the final NHL team to clinch playoff spot and weren’t a given a chance by experts. Montreal defeated Toronto, Winnipeg and now Vegas to advance to the final round.
Bergevin reacted to the series-clinching goal by dancing and wailing his arms in a display of passion. He later came down to ice level to celebrate with teammates on the bench. Bergevin was rocking his signature red suit.
Here’s the full reaction captured by the broadcast cameras following Lehkonen’s OT winner:
Marc Bergevin's reaction to the Canadiens advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. Incredible passion. pic.twitter.com/RPSZiI5Z5i
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) June 25, 2021
Bergevin has received plenty of criticism since taking over as Montreal’s GM in 2012, so it’s fun to see him silences his haters. His biggest move was trading defenseman PK Subban to Nashville in exchange for Shea Weber in 2016. He also dealt top prospect Mikhail Sergachev to the Lightning in exchange for Jonathan Drouin.
The Canadiens will be the first Canadian team to play in the Stanley Cup Final since the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. The Habs will play the winner of Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders.