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Montreal Coach Urges Fans To Stop Booing US Anthem

Montreal coach Bob Gainey appealed to Canadiens fans to stop booing the US anthem.

He and general manager said fans who booed during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 3 of their NHL playoff series with the Boston Bruins should find other ways to voice support for their team.

"I feel like there's a confusion there with our fans," Gainey said on Tuesday. "They feel like booing the anthem is supporting our team, in that the anthem represents the Boston team.

"And I think if they could separate those two things, then we could respect the anthem of the United States of America and they could still participate loudly in whatever way they want to disrupt the Bruins."

Boston leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series 3-0 and can complete a sweep with a victory on Wednesday.

Many fans booed the US anthem at the Bell Centre on Monday, even though others tried to drown them out with chants of "Go Habs go."


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