Tale of Two Cities

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(AP)

Vancouver Embraces, While Boston Embarrasses

VanCity Goes Big Time for the Stanley Cup Finals
100,000 People Expected to Embrace the Moment in Their City
Expansive Fan Zones Created Throughout Vancouver, Streets Closed
City Increases Buses, SeaBuses, and SkyTrains to Get People To and From Town
Four Massive Outdoor Screens Will Broadcast Game 7

"The excitement and support for the Canucks is off the charts. Game 7 on home ice is what we’ve been waiting for and the atmosphere in the city is electric." -- Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

"The key for us is really getting out and employing that meet-and-greet strategy. It's about positively engaging the public and getting out there and shaking hands and posing for photos and high-fiving and saying 'hello', and not standing off in a corner somewhere." -- Vancouver police Const. Lindsay Houghton

"When we see a hotspot in the crowd we just move our resources over there quickly. We are not anticipating any problems — just a really boisterous crowd. Win or lose, we expect to be out there until 5 a.m." -- Vancouver police spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness

Meanwhile, Back in the
Party Pooper Police State

The Fours on Canal St. Causeway Street
(Yoon S. Byun / Boston Globe Staff)

Fans Urged to Stay Home, Watch Alone

Mayor Menino Says No to Viewing Party at TD Garden
Bars Urged to Black Out Windows to Keep Down Crowds
Fans Banned from Entering Bars After Second Period Ends
Streets Around the Garden Will Be Blocked to Prevent Fan Entry

"Like I said, we’re trying to discourage them from coming down to the area. If they can stay in their homes, or in their neighborhood. You know, we just don’t want to be dealing with massive crowds.” -- Boston Police superintendent William Evans

"Some people get exuberant have a few and act up, and you know, this is a sport, and a lot of families who like to watch sports bring kids, and I wouldn’t want to send the wrong message to anyone.” -- Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino making up all kinds of excuses for embarrassing the city

"It was timing conspiring against the magnitude of what this event is. With such a quick turnaround, logistics and coordination of everything related to security and safety, it was just the right decision not to move forward with it [TD Garden viewing party]." -- TD Garden president, John Wentzell


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Ruined Vancouver's Perfectly Fine Fan Plan

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