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LA Kings celebrate Stanley Cup with parade, rally

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  • Los Angeles Kings players from left, Matt Greene, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown hold up the Stanley Cup Thursday during a parade and rally celebrating the team's title.

      Los Angeles Kings players from left, Matt Greene, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown hold up the Stanley Cup Thursday during a parade and rally celebrating the team's title.
    Associated Press

 
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LOS ANGELES -- A celebration 45 years in the making ended in a blizzard of silver-and-black confetti when the Los Angeles Kings showed off the Stanley Cup.

The Kings rode buses and flatbed trucks in a parade through downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to celebrate their first NHL championship.

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Captain Dustin Brown and playoff MVP Jonathan Quick finished by raising the Cup above their heads for thousands of cheering fans outside Staples Center, where the Kings completed their 16-4 rampage through the postseason on Monday night by eliminating the New Jersey Devils.

The Kings also planned a post-parade rally inside their arena before splitting up for the summer.

Los Angeles is the first No. 8 seed to win the Stanley Cup. Only one modern NHL team did it in fewer games.

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