Montreal Canadiens fans inside Bell Centre on Tuesday had an overabundance of reasons to be happy as they watched their beloved Habs dispatch the Tampa Bay Lightning with a four-game sweep in the teams’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series. But it only took one grown ass man and arguably the world’s worst human being — at least in hockey arenas on Tuesday — to cast a pall on the the entire celebratory atmosphere.
As a raucous crowd cheered on the team, Max Pacioretty — who scored the game-winning and series-clinching goal with 42.6 seconds to play (not to mention his first career Stanley Cup Playoffs goal) — strolled partway into the tunnel and attempted to pass his stick into the outstretched hands of a young fan. The youngster’s dreams were quickly dashed, however, when a grown ass man reached out and snatched the stick before the kid could procure his coveted souvenir.
But don’t fret, as the story surprisingly does have a happy ending. The concept of fairness ultimately prevailed and the man relinquished the prize, handing the stick to its intended recipient. So, the man went from being arguably the world’s worst human being — at least in hockey arenas on Tuesday — to a man, who, either by being pressured into it or by coming to his senses and seeing the error of his ways, finally did the right thing.