Kings fans show Vancouver how to celebrate
CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
|Fans celebrate outside the Staples Center after the Kings won the Stanley Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., June 11, 2012. (MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters)
LOS ANGELES - Turns out the Los Angeles Kings and their fans beat out Vancouver twice this spring.
The Los Angeles Police Department praised fans for the peaceful celebration after the Kings' Stanley Cup victory Monday night. Their response was a far cry from the mayhem that erupted on the streets of downtown Vancouver in the wake of the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in last year's final.
The scene was relatively peaceful outside Staples Center following the Kings' 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils and the conquest of the franchise's first Stanley Cup. The Kings beat the top-seeded Canucks in the first round.
The LAPD was well-prepared, compared to their Vancouver counterparts (maybe it's got something to do with all those Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championships giving the cops in L.A. some practice.)
The LAPD had an airship flying over the area around the arena to quickly recognize potential trouble spots so that ground forces could be dispatched.
"The good news is, it was a really cooperative crowd, a little boisterous here and there, but nothing got lit on fire, no cars got damaged, no vandalism that we know of," Capt. Andy Smith of the LAPD told the local NBC affiliate.
There were only six arrests, according to the LAPD.
There were some rubber bullets fired when a crowd started rocking a city bus around 9:30 p.m. local time, but that sounds about as boisterous as it got.