There will be cheers in Vancouver tonight as the Canucks beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Raffi Torres scored with 18.5 seconds left in the third period to give the blue and green a victory.
Torres took a pass from Jannik Hansen and beat Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas on the stick side. His third goal of the playoffs brought a tremendous roar from the crowd at Rogers Arena.
Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo made 36 saves and opened a series with a shutout for the third time these playoffs.
Thomas ended the night with 33 saves.
It has been almost two decades since the Stanley Cup has been won by a Canadian team but tonight the Vancouver Canucks take up the challenge in game one of the finals against the Boston Bruins.
The Canucks motto is “Ruin the Bruins” and the west coast is in hockey hysteria.
Tattoo parlous in Vancouver are getting huge requests for the Canucks logo and manicurists have had requests by clients for team colours on their nails.
In Ottawa, British Columbia MP’s dressed in their Canucks jerseys for the first post-election caucus meeting, Wednesday.
It has been 18 years since a Canadian team won the cup but if history repeats itself, Vancouver could be looking good.
After both Montreal and Calgary hosted the Olympic games, the following year their teams brought home the Stanley Cup.
Game two of the best-of-seven series will be played Saturday at Rogers Arena.