A massive street party, exuberant but primarily peaceful, erupted in downtown Los Angeles late Friday after the
Thousands of fans — decked out in black-and-white jerseys — chanted "We Got the Cup!" and pumped their fists in glee outside
Fireworks were set off. Crowd surfing and mosh pits could be seen across LA Live.
"It was awesome," said Jonathan Arriaza, 26, of Pomona. "Both teams were tired, both were frustrated, both goalies were great, it was just awesome."
Los Angeles police were out in force too, on foot and on horseback. Officers blocked some streets and several offramps from the northbound 110 Freeway to keep the crowd from growing.
Two men were arrested after a scuffle outside a restaurant near Staples Center ended with one man allegedly shoving a police officer. A third person was later arrested on suspicion of public intoxication. No other significant incidents were reported.
"So far, it looks peaceful,"
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But Kings supporters nonetheless were out in full force an hour before Friday's game began, many of them filling Chick Hearn Court and the LA Live area that was supposed to be closed off to fans.
The giant television screens that dot LA Live were turned off to discourage fans from gathering, but many of the Kings faithful peered into bars to watch the game or feverishly refreshed their smartphones to keep up with the action.