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Canucks fans ecstatic after third win

A deafening roar exploded from the fan zones in downtown Vancouver Friday night as the final buzzer sounded, signalling the Canucks' third win in the Stanley Cup final.

A deafening roar exploded from the fan zones in downtown Vancouver Friday night as the final buzzer sounded, signalling the Canucks' third win in the Stanley Cup final.

Ecstatic fans poured out of Rogers Arena in a sea of blue Canucks sweaters, joining tens of thousands that had gathered in the zones, where the huge crowd watched the game on three giant video screens.

The faces said it all on Vancouver's Granville Street after the game. ((CBC))
Unlike the games Monday and Wednesday — both losses, which saw shocked supporters leave the downtown area quickly and quietly — they stuck around to whoop it up Friday and savour the tightly fought 1-0 victory together.

The win boosted the home team to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series

"We're gonna win the cup, I know it. I believe it," said one woman, adorned with a Canucks sweater and painted logos on her face.

"Oh, my God, it's crazy," said another woman after the win. "I feel so good right now. It's truly an honour to watch this."

Many seemed moved as much by being among thousands of fellow fanatics as by the victory.

"It was amazing. I've never seen anything like this," said one.

Powerful experience

Another agreed, saying, "We're so happy I can't explain it. It's just so powerful."

Car horns blared and chants of "We want the Cup" echoed around the West Georgia Street and Hamilton Street fan zones.

Part of Vancouver police policy has been to engage revellers and there were high fives all around. ((CBC))
Police reported the usual hundreds of liquor pour-outs and arrests for drunkenness, but no major incidents. 

The crowd had grown so huge, authorities also had to close Granville Street, several blocks away from the zones and the stadium, where jubilant fans congregated by the thousands.

The wide-open game was studded with scoring chances on both sides. And with no score but the lone goal five minutes into the final period, the stress level was hitting the roof.

Many Hail Marys

"I didn't see the last ten minutes. I had my head my towel saying Hail Marys," said Susana da Silva, who was among the 17,000 people at the game.

It's not nearly over, as the series heads back to Boston for Game 6 Monday. And after five games so far, the home team is winning every time in this final series

Vancouver's distinctive Central Library is in the heart of the fan zone downtown. ((CBC))
"We've won some big games this year on the road," said one fan in an understatement. It would be the biggest win in the 40-year history of the Vancouver franchise.  

Other fans are banking on home-ice advantage favouring the league-leading Canucks for a seventh game.

"I think it's going to go down to seven games," said one. "We're going to win on home territory. [Boston] are going to get a little bit of hope and we are going to dash it."

With files from the CBC's Leah Hendry