Fans heartbroken, angry as Canucks shut out in Game 7
Vancouver fans watched in dismay as they watched the Bruins skate on the ice to raise the Stanley Cup in Rogers Arena.
The Boston Bruins shut out the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the playoffs. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was the star of the evening, stonewalling the Canucks' offense and breaking the NHL record for the most saves during the playoffs --- in the 1994 finals, Vancouver Canucks goalie "Captain" Kirk McLean finished with 761 saves in 24 games.
Fans were cautious but upbeat until the beginning of the third period, with the Canucks trailing 3-0. Hopes were all but dashed, however, when the Canucks failed to capitalize on a critical power play with six minutes left in the game, and the Canucks were shut down in the final period.
Near the end of the game, some Canucks fans became angry and started cheering for the opposite team.
"The fans have turned against the Canucks," tweeted VO writer Scott Graham, who was watching the game at the Fleetwood Arms bar. "(They're) cheering when the Bruins get a chance or make a big hit. Very disappointing."
For some fans, the loss was devastating financially as well.
"I've lost $1,000 tonight," said Mike, a fan watching the game in Joyce-Collingwood. "I'd bet a friend that the Canucks would win, and they got killed."