Violence mars Boston's Stanley Cup win in Vancouver

Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:19am EDT
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By Allan Dowd

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Violence erupted on the streets of Vancouver on Wednesday after the Canucks were beaten by the Boston Bruins in the final of the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Riot police fired tear gas to control a mob after cars were overturned and set ablaze following the Bruins's 4-0 win over the home team in the deciding Game Seven.

Television showed stores in the downtown area being looted and hockey fans hurling bottles at police and smashing windows in a repeat of ugly scenes that followed Vancouver's loss to the New York Rangers in the seventh game of the 1994 finals.

"It is extremely disappointing to see the situation in downtown Vancouver turn violent after tonight's Stanley Cup game. Vancouver is a world-class city and it is embarrassing and shameful to see the type of violence and disorder we've seen tonight," Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement.

"The vast majority of people who were in the downtown tonight were there to enjoy the game in a peaceful and respectful manner.

"It is unfortunate that a small number of people intent on criminal activity have turned pockets of the downtown into areas involving destruction of property and confrontations with police."

Boos rang out inside the packed stadium when NHL commissioner Gary Bettmann presented the trophy to Boston's Slovakian captain Zdeno Chara after Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand had each scored twice and goaltender Tim Thomas won the most valuable player award after his second shutout of the finals.

The Bruins, one of hockey's "Original Six" teams, had not won the sport's most coveted prize since 1972 and defied the odds to win it this time in one of the most enthralling finals series in years.   Continued...

<p>Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara celebrates with the Stranley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 to win the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey playoff in Vancouver, British Columbia June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>