The week before, spectators at the Bell Centre booed the American national anthem loudly. This was during a period of dumb anti-Americanism. It made news around North America. So, as the sad/angry Expo fans stood for the national anthems before the final game, I was nervous.
The Star Spangled Banner was first and the boos started immediately. Then something amazing happened. The rest of the crowd tried to drown out the boos with clapping. It worked. People didn't stop booing, but at least we were challenging their buffoonery.
Like I said, last night's hockey game (Carolina 5, Habs 1) was the first sports event I'd seen since that last Expos game. This time, the crowd did not boo the American anthem. But even more amazingly, the crowd sung O Canada. Loudly. I was there during the 1991 Canada Cup game at the Forum and it wasn't sung as loudly as it was last night.
I wonder if anyone has ever tracked public support for secession with the signing (or not) of O Canada before Habs games. If last night was an indicator, the good side will win again.