Canucks fans rejoice as team advances

Fans of the Vancouver Canucks are rejoicing as the club heads to its first Stanley Cup final in 17 years.

The Canucks downed the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in double overtime Tuesday to win the Western Conference final 4-1.

Kevin Bieksa's game-winning goal set off a massive celebration in downtown Vancouver as a capacity crowd of 18,860 poured out of Rogers Arena to join fans on the streets.

"We want the Cup!" exuberant fans chanted in a display reminiscent of celebrations after Canada won hockey gold at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

"This city has just gone berserk," CBC's Chris Brown reported from the intersection of Robson and Granville streets amid a throng of screaming, yelling Canucks fans.

"This has turned into quite a street party," he said. "Just like the Olympics, only more so."

Fan Jimmy Hemingway echoed that sentiment.

"It was a lot like the gold medal last year — and it makes me wonder what it's going to be like to actually have the Stanley Cup here," he said.

The Canucks had not advanced to the Stanley Cup final since May 24,1994, when the team beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in double overtime to advance.