Boston Bruins 4-0 win over Vancouver Canucks last night at Rogers Arena clinched the Stanley Cup for the Beantowners but the score was overshadowed by riots that erupted in Vancouver after the game.
For the record, two goals each by Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were the difference in the Game 7 pivotal contest. Bruins’ goalie stopped all 37 shots directed his way while controversial Canuck netminder Roberto Luongo stopped only 17 of the 21 shots Boston fired at his net.
The Cup win for the Bruins was their first in 39 years while the Canucks have never won one in three previous appearances in the final. Lack of scoring in the final was one key factor in the Canucks’ losing, scoring only 8 goals in seven games. The Bruins meanwhile scored 23 times in the seven game final.
Riots erupted after the game in the downtown core where an estimated 100,000 people had gathered at various indoor and outdoor venues to watch the game. Cars burning, business windows smashed, looting and confrontations with riot-armed Vancouver police overshadowed the result of game 7 as pictures of the riots spread around the world in a matter of hours. Plumes of smoke were still visible over the city centre at midnight.
Similar but not as widespread rioting took place in Vancouver in 1994 when the Canucks made their last previous appearance in a cup final against the New York Rangers.