Looking back on it, the outcome of the game was wholly predictable. Most Blackhawk fans (myself included), were rooting for the inevitable implosion of hockey's most classless team, and once again, it happened.
The Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup since 1972, and while they were skating with the Cup, Vancouver fans were taking to the streets.
The game was winding down, and the one hundred thousand odd Canuck fans gathered outside Rogers Arena knew the inevitable was coming. The Canucks would not win the Cup.
It began with a few beers tossed at a video screen. Then a few people decided to flip a car over...then set it on fire. From there, the nightmare began. Police cars burnt, people falling from buildings, buildings vandalized, a parking garage set on fire. These were the images of the beautiful city of Vancouver, and they will be the lasting images of the Canucks fans for years to come.
This is not about hockey. This is not about me not liking Alex Burrows or Kevin Bieksa. It's about Vancouver, one of Canada's shining star cities, making a mockery of "their" game of hockey. "Hockey is Canada's Game". The home made signs are in every arena in Canada when a US team comes to town.
Congratulations Vancouver. You've taken the spotlight off your sackless bunch of quitting chokers (and biters) and put it on yourselves.
Thank you for embarassing the game I love, and have fought for and defended for years. You've set the game back a decade. The NHL will continue to be a punch line for years to come. You've played a big part in that. Give yourselves a pat on the back. The lasting memory of what should be remembered as a classic Stanley Cup Finals series will be buring police cars, instead of the handshake line.
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