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Maple Leafs fans aren’t exactly excited for The Monster’s start tonight

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With James Reimer being out of tonight’s Leafs game against the Flyers with “whiplash-like symptoms” (hey, whatever…), Jonas Gustavsson gets the start in goal for Toronto. While Gustavsson came to Toronto with heaps of hype two years ago, it’s been as close to a disaster as it can be for him ever since.

His numbers are poor and they’ve been getting steadily worse. He had heart issues that prevented him from getting crucial starts to help him settle into the NHL and now that he is healthy, he’s a mediocre goalie. Fire up the worry machine in Toronto as well as the candlelight vigils for Reimer to get better soon. As coach Ron Wilson told James Mirtle of The Globe And Mail, Gustavsson getting a win in relief against Montreal might be the thing to help him settle in this time around.

Don’t expect Wilson’s words to settle down Leafs Nation, however.

Reimer is the key for how the Leafs season will go, but having a competent backup when things go slightly awry is important too. If Gustavsson can play like “The Monster” he was hailed as when he was signed and stuffs the Flyers tonight, perhaps heads can rest a little easier in Toronto. If he goes back to giving up goals on very stoppable shots, expect to hear the calls for Ben Scrivens or Jussi Rynnas to get a shot to be the backup to grow.

Vancouver riot reactions: Thousands volunteer to clean up mess, Henrik Sedin voices disgust

APTOPIX Stanley Cup Vancouver Scene Hockey

While it still remains unclear how much precise damage and the exact number of people who were injured in some way during last night’s riots in Vancouver, the latest numbers indicate that 130 to 140 people were admitted to local hospitals. Many of those injuries were reportedly related to the tear gas and pepper spray used at the scenes, although three people were treated for stab wounds with one person in critical condition. There haven’t been any fatalities reported at this time, though.

Whatever the final, official numbers end up being, it’s a huge black eye for the city of Vancouver (even if the spin dictates that it was a relatively small piece of the populace). The city also rioted in 1994 following the team’s Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers, leaving about 200 people injured in that incident.

While this event probably cost the city millions in damage – not to mention terrible public relations that might impact their tourism? – there have been some moments that remind us that there are good people in that well-liked city. Lesley Ciarula Taylor of the Star reports that 11,300 people volunteered to help clean up the mess that looters made in the city, although it isn’t known if that many people actually followed up on the encouraging drive.

(The Facebook group is located here while the Twitter group is @VancouverClean.)

Taylor’s story provided some reactions by local athletes and celebrities.

“World: as you can imagine Vancouver is being embarrassed by a relative few,” wrote basketball star Steve Nash of Victoria, B.C., according to The Canadian Press.

“We’re a great city and have a lot of class. Our team is great and our championship will come. Soon.”

Also on Twitter, B.C. Premier Christy Clark begged rioters: “Let’s not make things worse,” she said. “Time to go home.”

Former B.C. premier and past Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh tweeted: “Shame! “Not the Vancouver I know.”

Musician Johnny Reid urged the vandals to “stop the madness.”

“Trying to figure out why a few idiots can leave an entire country with a black eye?”

Henrik Sedin also expressed his disappointment about the situation.

“It’s terrible,” Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said, shaking his head. “This city and province has a lot to be proud of, the team we have and the guys we have in here. It’s too bad.”

This ugly incident makes it tough to argue that the city has progressed much since 1994. If the team makes it to a big stage like this – a likely scenario since elite players, for the most part, remain in place – let’s hope that officials are more prepared and fans are less unruly. If that takes limiting alcohol sales and gatherings around big screens altogether, then so be it.

Photo gallery: Stunning sights from the Vancouver riot

Riot Breaks Out After Game In Vancouver

While the hockey world should have focused on the brilliant work by the Boston Bruins as they claimed their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, many couldn’t peel their eyes away from the carnage in Vancouver.

It’s unclear if Wednesday night’s stomach-churning riots were less severe than, at the same level or even more problematic than the ones that broke out after the team lost in 1994. What isn’t particularly debatable is how expansive the coverage was this time around compared to 17 years ago. The night of June 15 put a black eye on the city of Vancouver, but it was a profound display of the immediate news available on the Internet and the power that comes with Twitter and other social media Web sites.

Simply put, there were a lot of outlets that were on top of the proceedings. CTV probably gathered the most captivating coverage, providing onlookers with a captivating (if disturbing) live feed of looters and violent people doing terrible – and terribly stupid – things. It’s worth noting that there are some disturbing images and accounts laid out by The Vancouver Province (so be warned before clicking through it), but their live feed of photos and Twitter updates is fascinating nonetheless.

You can read our earlier story about the event here, but for those who might be interested, here is a gallery of some of the photos from an awful moment of fan rebellion. You can also view a slideshow of photos from the riots, as well. Again: these images might be disturbing, so use caution. You can enlarge the images by clicking on them. Some photos will have captions.


Photo credit: Jonathan Hayward of The Associated Press.


Photo credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images.


Fans bash down the doors of a local Sears outlet.

Photo credit: Geoff Howe of The Associated Press.


That woman is lighting her cigarette with flames from the riot. Yup.

Photo credit: Geoff Howe of The Associated Press.


The Vancouver tourism board probably won’t use this picture in any brochures.

Photo credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images.


No, those aren’t the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. (We hope.)

Photo credit: Ryan Remiorz of The Associated Press.


It must have been a long night for Vancouver authorities and will be a long morning for whoever has to clean that mess up.

Photo credit: Darryl Dyck of The Associated Press.


Few things say “disturbing signs of a riot” quite like widespread car flipping.

Photo credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images.


The photo known around the Internet as “rioters in love.” Nothing says “steamy summer romance” quite like glass on the ground, teargas in the air and chaos in the streets, right? It’s just like prom night!

Photo credit: Rich Lam of Getty Images.

Vancouver Canucks fans riot after Game 7 loss; Mayor calls it ‘extremely disappointing’

Stanley Cup Fans

Unfortunately, the parallels between today’s Vancouver Canucks and the 1994 edition extend beyond a Game 7 defeat all the way toward a violent reaction.

Vancouver authorities were optimistic that Canucks fans wouldn’t riot whether the team won or lost in Game 7 tonight, but it doesn’t look like they got their wish. While it’s unclear how severe the rioting was at this time, it seems like some Canucks fans reacted to their team’s 4-0 loss in a way that continues a sad pattern from 1994. Seventeen years later, they expressed their anger regarding tonight’s defeat by rioting.

The Associated Press captured a scene in which “parked cars were set on fire, others were tipped over and people threw beer bottles at giant television screens.” (You can view some “raw video” of the scene in this YouTube clip. CTV also has a dispiriting feed of the violence.)

Again, it’s unclear at this time how bad the damage was and how many people were injured. The New York Times archives reveals that 200 people were injured during the 1994 riots, but hopefully that situation was more severe than tonight’s ugly incidents. Hopefully no one was seriously hurt during this extremely negative reaction, but it’s a sad moment whenever such a thing happens.

We’ll keep an eye out for updates regarding these regrettable riot-like acts with the hope that we’ve already seen the worst. Perhaps some day fans can find a better way to release their (likely alcohol-fueled) emotions, whether their teams win or lose.

Update: Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson released this statement.

“It is extremely disappointing to see the situation in downtown Vancouver turn violent after tonight’s Stanley Cup game. Vancouver is a world-class city and it is embarrassing and shameful to see the type of violence and disorder we’ve seen tonight.

The vast majority of people who were in the downtown tonight were there to enjoy the game in a peaceful and respectful manner. It is unfortunate that a small number of people intent on criminal activity have turned pockets of the downtown into areas involving destruction of property and confrontations with police.

The Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire Department are doing an exceptional job under challenging circumstances to maintain control of the situation and keep people safe, and emergency crews are working tirelessly to assist those who were injured.

The priority is public safety and ensuring that people can leave the downtown area to make their way home without further incident. Transit is operating at full capacity.

I urge the public to remain calm and to stay away from central downtown in order to assist police in restoring safety to our streets.”