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Vancouver fans riot after loss

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:43 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

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Vancouver fans riot after loss
Hundreds of angry fans took to the streets of Vancouver following the Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, overturning cars, starting fires and throwing objects at police in riot gear.

The Vancouver Provence reported that all bridges leading into downtown Vancouver were shut down. As soon as the game ended, a number of cars were overturned with large groups of people gathered around them, throwing trash and kicking the vehicles.

"This city and province has a lot to be proud of, the team we have and the guys we have in here," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "It's too bad."

A handful of cars were lit on fire. Police in riot gear attempted to march through the crowds, however, rioters threw objects at them, forcing them back. Several people were clearly shown on camera provoking the police, refusing to move. Officers shot tear gas into the crowds and pleaded on loudspeakers for people to clear the area, but the crowds remained.

"You don't ever hope for a situation like this," Vancouver Police Const. Jana McGuinness told the Canadian Press. "You celebrate the good times and you prepare for the bad times and that's exactly what we've done. Unfortunately, the tables have turned tonight."

Material from wire services was used in this report
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