VANCOUVER, Canada — Not a single arrest occurred in New York as fans celebrated the Rangers' victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals.
It was a different story in Vancouver, where rioting and looting left an estimated 200 people injured and more than 50 under arrest. Police said at least 21 face criminal charges.
The most seriously injured was a 19-year-old who police earmarked as a ringleader of a group that started the trouble. Police fired a plastic bullet at the man, aiming for his chest. But police said he moved unexpectedly and was struck in the side of the head. He was reported in critical condition on life support.
Dozens of downtown stores had their windows smashed, and there was some looting.
In New York, hundreds of riot police ringed Madison Square Garden during and after the Rangers' 3-2 victory Tuesday night, but their presence wasn't necessary. The celebration was raucous and wild but without violence or vandalism.