L.A. Kings fans remain optimistic on Twitter despite loss
Despite the Los Angeles Kings' Game 4 loss Wednesday evening to the New Jersey Devils, fans on Twitter remained optimistic that their team would win the Stanley Cup on the road.
Had the Kings swept the Devils, they would have brought home the franchise's first championship. Instead, they'll travel across the country for Game 5 on Saturday with a 3-1 series lead.
"I guess our guys will just have to hoist the cup in New Jersey! The fans will hold it down here in LA. #LAKings #GoKingsGo," a fan named Ashley tweeted.
The black and purple crowd buzzed outside the Staples Center throughout the game. Vendors sold memorabilia, merchandise and, in some cases, phony tickets, police said.
The area around LA Live was at capacity, and police urged fans to avoid the plaza. Crowds were forced into restaurants after barricades were put up, swelling neighboring businesses.
Though the team wasn't able to complete the sweep, many fans tweeted they're happy to get to see at least one more game this season.
"Here we go again... 68 hours #NJDLAK," the team tweeted from its official account.
Credit: Mike Quigley, 22, of Garden Grove celebrates with Kings fans after the team won Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday. Credit: Christina House/For The Times