Kings’ Stanley Cup turns LA into Hockey Town


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It’s June, so it’s no surprise that Staples Center in Los Angeles was rockin’ with a playoff game.

But the team playing for all the marbles wasn’t the Lakers...or the Clippers.

It was the Kings who won a championship Monday night, hoisting the Stanley Cup after their 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the finals.

For a refreshing change, there were no riots, no urban melees. Kings fans reacted like they’d been here before (either that or L.A. isn’t a hockey town), with all of six arrests and a few non-lethal rounds fired by police at fans who were rocking a bus.

The championship was the first in the Kings’ 45-year history; they went on a 16-4 postseason run and tied an NHL record for road wins (10-1).

“You have no idea,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said of his emotions. “It’s the best feeling ever.”

The Kings began celebrating the feat that even Gretzky couldn’t accomplish in L.A. with about a minute left and, when it was over, captain Dustin Brown took the Stanley Cup for a spin around the rink.

“It's something you can't really explain. It's one of those things where you don't know what it's like until you do it,” Brown said. “You're sitting here asking me questions and I don't have an answer for you.”

The victory parade in L.A will be held Thursday and it will be especially sweet for some fans.

“It's been 14 years I've been a fan, I started when I was 6, I've been to over 200 games,” Andrew Gonzales said. “It's the happiest day of my life. I could die. Yeeaaah!”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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