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Stanley Cup final diary: Day 7

- June 5th, 2011

VANCOUVER – If this is what happens to to this city after two Stanley Cup final wins, it will be true chaos if the Vancouver Canucks manage two more.

When Alex Burrows scored just 11 seconds into overtime of Game 2, the Canucks jumped into a seemingly commanding 2-0 lead in the series.

And, in the process, ignited a party out on the streets outside. In some places, it was a bash that almost turned out of control.

Eight blocks were closed off in downtown Vancouver as flag-waving fans went nuts. As the media shuttle took us back from the arena to the hotel, the sidewalks were clogged with giddy people celebrating the win.

But in some places, things got out of hand. For the next three hours, the sirens of police cars and fire trucks could be heard wailing into the Vancouver night.

There are still memories here of the ugly riots that broke out the night that the Canucks lost Game 7 of the final to the New York Rangers back in 1994. After the incidents seen here after Game 2, you can bet the authorities will be taking measures in case the Canucks do win the Stanley Cup.

For the most part the partiers were well behaved. Let’s hope it stays that way.

As for the idiots who caused damage on Saturday night, let’s hope they are strictly dealt with.

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