Record crowds hit Vancouver for Canucks win
A record crowd of 70,000 people packed into downtown Vancouver to watch the Canucks win Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday.
Fans watched the game on several big-screen televisions throughout the downtown core, and filled the CBC plaza to capacity. The crowds spilled out onto Georgia Street, forcing police to close the main artery for several hours.
After the game, fans poured into the streets chanting "We want the cup!" and "Two more games!"
The seesaw game was full of tension, and when the Canucks won 3-2 just seconds into overtime the crowd went wild with relief. The Canucks are now half way home to their first Stanley Cup victory.
For the thousands of jubilant fans, the party went well into the night.
Vancouver police Const. Jana McGuinness said the crowd was relatively well behaved.
"We've been dealing with people climbing, people on rooftops and that sort of thing," she said.
"That's a real big concern. We don't want anyone to fall and get hurt. We had one officer that had to get checked out at hospital after an arrest with a rowdy fan — that person's in jail now. Other than that, it's been really good."
McGuiness said there were about 400 liquor pour-outs but no serious issues.
On Monday, former Canuck goalie Richard Brodeur will join Premier Christy Clark to relight Vancouver's Olympic cauldron for the Canucks' next two games in Boston on Monday and Wednesday.
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With files from The Canadian Press