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L.A. Kings fans still aglow over Stanley Cup: 'It wasn't a dream'

 

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.

Fans react to L.A. Kings Stanley Cup win

The Los Angeles Kings took home their first Stanley Cup Monday night after a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Storified by LA Times - LA NOW · Tue, Jun 12 2012 12:22:47

The #LAKings are your 2012 Stanley Cup Champions!LA Kings
STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!Bailey LA Kings
words can't describe how I feel right now! all I can is we won the #StanleyCup #LAKings Alexis Lauro
It wasn't a dream.... ❤ #gokingsgo #lakings http://instagr.am/p/Lx1sXdIxi_/Lisa Roque
Anne made a video of me and our friends when the @LAKings won the Stanley Cup: http://youtu.be/v8bZoasfX0gWil Wheaton
LAKINGS!HVBbduunGVfVoihClN5IJw
RT @ESPNLA710: What a great family moment!! #gokingsgo #espnla710 @ #LALIVE http://instagr.am/p/LwqTw1mIvl/Curve
Congrats to @LAKings on their FIRST STANLEY CUP WIN! #GoKingsGo #StanleyCupAntonio Villaraigosa
YEAHHHH!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, BOB!!!!! #LAKings #StanleyCupChamps http://pic.twitter.com/xkxPL6LFBrian Fletcher
I'm stoked the Stanley Cup is in LA! Congrats to the #LAKINGS and all their fans!!!That Xbox Dude
The team with the most Canadians always finishes on top! #fact #LAKingsMax Domi
Attention citizens of Los Angeles, your hockey team the #LAKings, won the Lord Stanley Cup. It's like an Oscar, only better! #NHLJeff O'Meara
Congratulations on winning the #STANLEYCUP #LAKINGS!! Good job, Good effort!! KINGSanity rules!Jeanie Buss
I CANNOT EVEN RIGHT NOW WITH THIS. #GOKINGSGO #LAKINGS @LAKingsCatherine Gelera
i still keep asking myself if this is real life. #lakings @LAKingsVanessa Duran
Tinseltown? #TITLETOWN 2009-2012 #Lakers #LAGalaxy #LAKings #THISISLA congrats @LAKings! http://pic.twitter.com/yCm3u0nbLos Angeles Lakers
This is surreal. I never thought this day would come.. Time to see what my tattoo artist has in line.. #LAKings ink #GoKingsGoNick
#BecauseItsTheCup #LAKings http://pic.twitter.com/AtlMUe8INHL
History was made last night!! The @LAKings won their first Stanley cup!! #GoKingsGo #BecauseItsTheCup #KingsAre2012StanleyCupChamps CongratsJake
Good Morning!!!! We are CHAMPIONS!!! #GoKingsGoBrig
rough and toothless! #gokingsgo http://pic.twitter.com/K3obGkU0David
I only kick it with royalty @BaileyLAKings #LAKings http://instagr.am/p/Lx44_vkUZN/Noemie
It's overcast in LA but its such a beautiful day! Thank you @LAKings !#GoKingsGoMike Regalado
#StanleyCupChampions @LAKings #mydaywiththecup #GoKingsGo #believe http://pic.twitter.com/eszhxQxeEsteban Gudiño
I had a dream last night that @LAKings won the cup!! And woke up and realized it's true #gokingsgoBrian M. Vincent
#GoKingsGo #LordStanley #StanleyCup #LAKings #Quick #BeastMode http://instagr.am/p/Lx3w-SI9c_/Angelo Carlo

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-- Sam Allen and Melissa Leu at L.A. Live

 
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