VANCOUVER - Inside Rogers Arena, the Vancouver Canucks had gone down in flames.
Little did they know that, outside the building, their city was burning.
Within minutes of their 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night, rioters were setting cars on fire, causing police to fire tear gas at the crowds.
In 1994, after the Canucks had lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to the New York Rangers in the Big Apple, fans here began rioting.
Officials here had hoped history would not repeat itself.
They were wrong.
Once word trickled into the sombre Canucks dressing room about the chaos going on in downtown Vancouver, captain Henrik Sedin could only shake his head.
“There is so much the city of Vancouver and the province of British Columbia should be proud of,” Sedin said.
“(But) this is sad.”
It truly was.