Beaming in Boston, Violence in Vancouver After Hockey Final

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Police reported several arrests but few major incidents as Bruins fans reveled in the team's first Stanley Cup championship in nearly four decades.

Cheers erupted from fans who packed bars and restaurants to watch the Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Wednesday in the seventh and deciding game of the series.

Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said most fans celebrated responsibly, and officers kept order. There were some reports of people pulling down parking signs or climbing on cars.

In British Comumbia, parked cars were set on fire, others were tipped over and people threw beer bottles at giant television screens in Vancouver.

People chanted obscenities and some leaped over raging bonfires as riot police moved in to try to restore order in the downtown streets strewn with garbage and filled with acrid smoke.

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