LA parade after Kings win first Stanley Cup

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 15 2012 04:12 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2012 12:12 AM

Thousands of Los Angeles Kings fans rallied in downtown LA Thursday as the club celebrated its improbable run to the first National Hockey League championship in the franchise's history.

The team, which defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Monday to take the series four games to two, rode in double-decker buses down the parade route lined with cheering crowds to a victory rally at the Staples Center.

"Thanks a lot for all the support, we love you guys," Kings defenseman Matt Greene told the crowd, adding: "We couldn't have done it without you. This is awesome. This is the best day of my life."

Kings captain Dustin Brown grabbed the microphone, and then lifted the Stanley Cup over his head, drawing huge cheers.

The Kings had led the best-of-seven championship series 3-0 before dropping two straight games and then claiming the Cup with the game six win.

After grabbing the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, they became the first eighth-seeded team in NHL history to raise the Cup.

The Devils, seeking a fourth title, had become the first team since 1945 to go down 0-3 in the finals and hold on to force a sixth game.

New Jersey's two wins had raised the question of whether the Kings would join the 1942 Detroit Red Wings as the only team to blow a 3-0 Stanley Cup Finals lead.