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#NHLPlayoffs: 8 ways hockey is religion to Habs' fans

05/02/2015 12:48 EDT | Updated 05/01/2016 05:12 EDT
The Montreal Canadiens didn't need a hockey miracle to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Friday night's game, they just needed another goal. 

The Lightning defeated the Canadiens 2-1 in double overtime, much to the chagrin of Habs fans every where, especially at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Fans fell silent as Nikita Kucherov scored the winning goal more than two minutes into the second overtime. 

But instead of bemoaning the loss, we look at how hockey has often been compared to religion in Montreal.

Here we bring you 8 ways hockey is religion for Habs fans.

1. Cathedral of worship

This Winnipeg church drove the point home. 

2. Creation of community

3. The chosen one

4. Saints are highly revered 

5. The Holy Chalice

6. Sacred hymns

7. Faith is a must

8. Prayer never hurts

And in case you need more convincing...

Case in point

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