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Fans gather at LA Live to watch Kings game

June 9, 2012 |  6:17 pm

Though their team was on the road in New Jersey, fans of the Los Angeles Kings gathered at LA Live on Saturday evening, crowding into bars and restaurants to watch their team try to capture the Stanley Cup.

If the Kings best the New Jersey Devils, they will win their first championship.

"The team has surpassed all expectations," said Rudy Garcia, who has been a Kings fan since he was 7. "This has been so gratifying; if they win I'll probably start crying."

Garcia and his wife, Patty, who donned jerseys for the occasion, waited in line at ESPN Zone, where a crowd of fans in black and purple stood in a line that stretched out the door.

The game was not being shown on the large screen in the plaza, but LA Live encouraged fans on its website to come out and watch the game in surrounding bars and restaurants.

Police did not expect problems, said LAPD Capt. Horace Frank.  Still, police were a visible presence, with officers on foot, horseback and monitoring traffic.

--Samantha Schaefer at LA Live