Vancouver Riots

Sure, Canadians might seem tame and pacifist. But not when it comes to hockey. Once the skates go on, the gloves come off. And that combative attitude has been known to spill over into the streets, particularly when the local team has been handed a tough defeat in a pivotal game. Like last week's seventh-round decider in the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks.

After the Bruins (belated spoiler alert!) nabbed the title in the last game at Vancouver's home-turf Rogers Arena, local fans spilled into the streets in a riot you'd more likely expect to see in south-central LA. Disappointment turned into mob mentality as fans broke windows and lit dumpsters on fire. Which is a shame enough for the storefronts and sanitation workers, but for the love of God, people, leave cars out of it. Only they didn't.

As you'll see from the videos after the jump, rioters started overturning cars and lighting them on fire, leaving one girl to defend a BMW M5 (presumably her own) against the menacing hoards. She and a friend appear to have fought valiantly on behalf of one of Europe's finest pieces of engineering, but there's unfortunately little to be done in the face of disheartened – and inebriated – Canadian hockey fans.

Follow the jump for a pair of videos – the first a shorter report from the local news affiliate and another slightly longer depicting various scenes from the riots.