Boston Bruins beat Vancouver to win NHL's Stanley Cup

The Boston Bruins celebrate in Vancouver
The Bruins have now won the Stanley Cup six times

The Boston Bruins have been crowned NHL champions, crushing the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years.

The Bruins won in Vancouver, the first away victory in the seven-match series.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring before goals from Brad Marchand, another from Bergeron, and a final-period clincher from Marchand.

The Canucks had the NHL's best regular-season record but have never emerged as Stanley Cup winners.

Vancouver had led the series 2-1 and 3-2, but lost the final two games to allow the Bruins to secure the cup amid emotional scenes in Vancouver.

"We never made things easy on ourselves," said Boston's veteran winger Mark Recchi, who had announced at age 43 that he would retire if the Bruins won the Cup.

"It's a hell of a way for me to go out, that's for sure."

For Vancouver, the loss ended their dream of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time.

They joined the NHL in 1970-71 season and were appearing in the finals for the first time in 17 years.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was left to rue a fine display by Boston goaltender Tim Thomas who saved all 37 shots fired at him for his second shut-out of the series.

"He was phenomenal," said Vigneault. "He made some huge saves and we just couldn't beat him in their building and tonight we had some Grade A chances but didn't have much luck."

After the game, police used tear gas to control a mob of angry fans who burned cars and smashed shop windows, with reports of looting taking place.

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson described the scenes as "embarrassing" and "shameful".

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