The Los Angeles Kings celebrated their second Stanley Cup victory in three years with a parade and rally in downtown L.A. on Monday, a day so exciting that Mayor Eric Garcetti purposefully dropped an expletive on live television.
In what was the longest game in franchise history, the Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double-overtime in Game 5 at Staples Center to win the series on Friday night.
Alec Martinez scored the game winner at the 14:43 mark of the second overtime, clinching the victory and the Cup for the team.
Justin Williams, who scored the first goal of the game, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP.
Monday’s celebration kicked off at noon with a mile-long parade that started at the corner of Figueroa and West Fifth streets and ended at Staples Center and L.A. Live.
Ecstatic and clad in black and white, fans lined up along the route as the Kings rode atop a bus lifting the Stanley Cup for everyone to see.
After the parade, a sold-out a rally at the Staples Center included video highlights from the season and speeches from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the team, coaching staff and executives.
Garcetti said he looked forward to having New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sing “I Love L.A.” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as part of a bet the two big-city mayors had over the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final.
Then the Los Angeles mayor unexpectedly used an expletive on live television to mark the day.
“There are two rules in politics,” Garcetti said. “They say, never ever be pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear. But this is a big f—ing day.”
Raising a bottle of beer in one hand, Los Angeles’ mayor said, “Way to go, guys.”
As Garcetti walked back to his seat, the crowd of fans and Kings players alike rose to their feet and applauded for nearly 40 seconds.
Fox Sports West, which was broadcasting the event, then apologized for the “inappropriate language.”
Team Captain Dustin Brown and MVP Justin Williams thanked the team’s family, friends and fans for their support.
Brown said that after watching Martinez’s game winning goal on replay, he realized how remarkable the timing of the audiences cheers was.
“If you watched it or if you have a chance to watch it, if you listen closely enough, about three or four seconds before Marty picks up the puck up in our D zone you can here all you guys saying ‘we want the cup.’ For it to click in right at that moment, right before he put the puck in, that’s unbelievable,” Brown said.
A number of street closures were in effect around Staples Center and L.A. Live before and during the festivities.
In addition to the parade route on Figueroa Street between Fifth and 11th streets, the following closures were in effect on downtown on Monday beginning at 6 a.m.:
- Figueroa Street between 3rd Street and Pico Boulevard
- 11th Street/Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa Street and L.A. Live Way
- L.A. Live Way between Olympic and Pico boulevards
The Kings encouraged the fans to celebrate “safely and responsibly,” AEG said in a news release.
KTLA’s Melissa Pamer and Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this article.