August 21, 2017

NHL: Boston Bruins win Stanley Cup as Vancouver fans riot

It is official - The Boston Bruins love each other very, very much.

The Boston Bruins have decisively won game seven to win their first NHL Stanley Cup in 39 years with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.

A large number of young Canuck fans took to the streets of Vancouver around Rogers Arena to vent their frustration at the crushing defeat.

A small number of fans overturned cars and set some on fire, dancing in front of the flames. Police vehicles were among the cars destroyed.

Aerial footage showed Vancouver police wading into the unruly crowd that continually taunted and threw things at the officers.

“We’re unable to release anything formal at the moment but officers are busy dealing with a few core groups of people bent on committing criminal acts like mischief, vandalism, and fights,” Vancouver Police Media Relations Officer Lindsey Houghton said in a statement.

After dropping the first two games in Vancouver, the Bruins took four of the last five games from the Canucks, who struggled to stay in Game Seven after going down 1-0 in the first period.

The Bruins blew open the game in the second, after rookie Brad Marchand sprung on a rebound off of Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo to put away his second goal of the match.

“We knew the second goal was going to be huge,” Marchand, the 23-year-old rookie said in a post-game interview. “It was nice to get that one, and we kept pushing forward after that.”

But the game was really decided by Thomas, who polished off his spectacular playoff performance with a Game Seven shutout to take the Conn Smythe trophy. Thomas set the NHL record for most shots faced and most saves in playoff history.

He also shattered Johnny Bower’s 1960s record for most saves in a Stanley Cup final.

The Canucks were so close to winning their first Stanley Cup title and break the Canadian teams’ title duck stretching back to 1993.

Newswarped has to admit to supportng the Canucks. So a small minority of fans rioted? It is not the end of the world. We have to haves some sympathy for their frustration.

A tiny minority making a big mess in downtown Vancouver.