L.A. Kings fans still aglow over Stanley Cup: 'It wasn't a dream'
June 12, 2012 | 9:30am
L.A. Kings fans continued to celebrate the team's first Stanley Cup in its 45-year history Tuesday, some still in disbelief that hockey's coveted championship cup finally found a home in Los Angeles.
DJ Baltazar, a 24-year-old Web designer from Long Beach, said he and his father broke down in tears when the third period of Game 6 ended Monday, giving the Kings a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center.
"So much emotion and frustration just left us," he said. "It doesn't even feel real."
Fans threw confetti and blew horns at L.A. Live after the game ended, chanting "Go, Kings, go!"
"This is the greatest day of my sports life," said Richard Flores, 52, of West Covina, a Kings fan for more than 40 years. "We finally won."
The cheering carried over to Dodger Stadium, where the hometown team took on the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. Fans got to their feet, clapping and whistling as the final minute of the Kings game was replayed on the DodgerVision board.
Many also expressed their joy on social media. One Twitter user, @roqueprincess, posted, "It wasn't a dream," along with a photo of the front page of the L.A. Times.
The celebrations will continue Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, where a parade and rally will be held for the team. The parade is scheduled to start at noon near 5th and Figueroa streets, proceed south on Figueroa and end between L.A. Live and Staples Center, officials said. The ticket-only rally will follow at 2:30 p.m.
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