LOS ANGELES — Move over, Lakers and Dodgers. Step aside, Trojans and Bruins. For now, hockey is King for LA fans.
The Los Angeles Kings have won their first NHL championship, beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 Monday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals apiece, and Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in his latest stellar performance for the Kings, the first eighth-seeded playoff team to win the Stanley Cup.
Captain Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists as Los Angeles ended its dominant two-month playoff run in front of frenzied fans who had waited 45 years for their first look at the Stanley Cup since the Kings' expansion birth in 1967.
With three first-period power-play goals after New Jersey's Steve Bernier was ejected for boarding Rob Scuderi, the Kings finished ferociously after taking a 3-0 series lead and then losing two potential clinching games last week.
Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots for the Eastern Conference champion Devils, just the third team to force a Game 6 in the finals after falling into an 0-3 hole.
Los Angeles is getting its first chance to celebrate a Stanley Cup as people decked in black and purple party inside Staples Center and across the city following the Kings victory Monday over the New Jersey Devils in Game 6.
Police have expressed hopes that if the Kings clinched the cup LA fans would celebrate peacefully, and are looking to avoid the vandalism and violence that has followed some Lakers' titles.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith says there are scores of officers on bikes and motorcycles outside Staples, and many undercover officers amid the crowd to put a quick stop to troublemakers.
Police went on a citywide tactical alert shortly before the game ended.