VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Riot police fired tear gas to control a mob that turned violent in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins.

Thousand of people jammed into the heart of downtown in the hopes of celebrating a Vancouver win but after the Bruins emerged with a 4-0 victory to claim the Cup the post-game scene brought back memories of a riot that erupted when Vancouver also lost the Stanley Cup in 1997.

Television pictures showed a car burning near Rogers Arena, and local radio stations reported some stores had been looted.

It was not known if any arrests had been made but there was pushing and shoving between the crowd and police clad in riot gear in the streets. One person was also reported to have been injured.

(Reporting by Allan Dowd, Editing by Peter Rutherford)