VANCOUVER - After watching the Canucks suffer a second decisive loss in the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night, the fans spilling out of bars, outdoor viewing sites and Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver looked more like they were part of a funeral procession than a hockey party.
The Bruins defeated the Canucks 4-0 in Game 4 in Boston, leaving the series tied at 2-2.
Thousands of Canucks fans crammed into Vancouver's downtown to watch the game at numerous screens throughout the area, but when the game ended, there was little to celebrate.
"Deflated," sighed Sheri Radford, 39, when asked how she felt about the final score.
"It was just such an awful game after another awful game. I really thought that they were going to come back tonight, or at the very least that they wouldn't lose so spectacularly again."
It was the Canucks' second loss in a row. Two days earlier, the Bruins won with a final score of 8-1.
Disheartened fans watching at a large screen outside a local TV studio were more quiet than usual during the game, saving their infrequent cheers for several fights during the third period and when goaltender Roberto Luongo was removed from net.
When the game was over, some meandered towards Granville Street, which has been the site of impromptu street parties after previous Canucks victories, but the scene was relatively calm.
"After Game 1 and 2, the energy was amazing, it was electric down here," recalled Radford.
"It's just sad and quiet now."
Vancouver police estimated about 25,000 people were downtown for the game. On Monday, the police put the number at about 35,000, while roughly 70,000 people were out for Saturday's Game 2 victory.
By 9 p.m., there were few incidents of note. Police said a window was smashed at the downtown library, which was adjacent to one of the large outdoor viewing sites, while two people were arrested for carrying bear spray.
Mike Richmond, a 21-year-old student, said he was still confident about the Canucks' chances,
"They haven't beat us in our own building," said Richmond. "Until they beat us there, why would I possibly doubt the president's trophy, the best team in the league?"
Richmond watched the game inside Rogers Arena, and he said he was disappointed when spectators cheered Luongo's removal.
"I was disguised, it's embarrassing," he said. "They make us out to be such fickle fans, and there are some people who try so hard to kill that reputation, and to see Rogers Arena explode in cheering as Luongo got pulled, it's incredibly frustrating."
Game 5 is in Vancouver on Friday, and Game 6 will be in Boston on Monday. If the series goes to Game 7, that would be in Vancouver next Wednesday.