Rain-or-shine fans out in force

ALEX HEBERT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

A combination of rain and a Monday night game stifled crowds on the Sens Mile last night but the diehard fans couldn't be drowned out.

"I don't care about the rain," said Paul McCormick, 21, whose Sens jersey was sopping wet before the game. "When was the last time the Sens were in the final?"

While the popular bars were filled to capacity, those without covered decks missed out on the some of the action.

TENTS OVER PATIO

"We can't bring the TVs onto the deck," said Tracey Lacroix, manager of the Fox and the Feather. "We lost about 77 tables on the patio."

But like the screaming fans on the street, Lacroix didn't lose her optimism. "We still have a lineup outside and it's great just to watch the Sens," she said.

With half-an-hour until game time, the Lieutenant's Pump still had plenty of room for thirsty fans.

"Last week we would have been packed at this time," said doorman Robert Gill. "It's a Monday, it's raining so we kind of anticipated this."

But one bar had the foresight to combat the rain. Two massive tents covered the outdoor patio at St. Louis Bar and Grill, where hundreds of fans ate and drank while watching the game on the two TVs.

"The owner came in this morning and realized we should get tents," said general manager James Clarke. "We called everywhere in Ottawa and they had nothing so we got his one shipped from Kingston."

Clark said the rain did slow business as it took much longer than usual to reach capacity. But once filled, the bar was electric.

The crowd stood and sang the national anthem before breaking out into a cheer of "Go, Sens Go!"

Like clockwork, the fans erupted when Daniel Alfredsson scored the first goal of the game with less than a second left in the first period. All the way down the mile, fans were proud of the captain.

"Alfie's the man," one man yelled at the top of his lungs.


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