Fans at L.A. Live celebrate Kings Stanley Cup win
As soon as the buzzer rang Monday night, swarms of fans congregated around the Staples Center, jumping and cheering in jubilation after the Kings clinched the Stanley Cup 6 to 1.
Fans threw confetti and blew horns, chanting "Go, Kings, go!"
Richard Flores, 52, of West Covina, teared up over the historic occasion. He's been a fan for more than 40 years.
"This is surreal. I can't believe the Kings have won the Stanley Cup!" Flores said.
Soon after crowds exited the stadium, a parade of fans from the street marched into L.A. Live to join the celebration.
"I guess this is what the first time feels like," said Jamie Mendez, who's played hockey since he was 8.
At about 8 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department officers formed a barricade of Segway cars, keeping excited fans on the sidewalk and off the main road between L.A. Live and Staples Center.
Minutes after the game ended, throngs of screaming fans broke past officers on electric scooters at Figueroa and Chick Hearn and flooded the plaza area.
At least two arrests had been reported involving ticket scalping and being drunk in public, the LAPD said.
-- Melissa Leu at Staples Center
Video: Kings fan Richard Flores talks about the Stanley Cup win. Credit: Melissa Leu / Los Angeles Times; Photo: LAPD on alert near L.A. Live after Kings victory. Credit: Sam Allen / Los Angeles Times