LOS ANGELES -- Move over, Lakers and Dodgers. Step aside, Trojans and Bruins. For now, hockey is King for LA fans.

Los Angeles got its first chance to celebrate a Stanley Cup on Monday night as people decked in black, purple and ear-to-ear grins partied outside Staples Center and across the city following the Kings' 6-1 victory Monday over the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 to clinch the series.

"It's a hockey town now!" said Kings fan Kate Byrne Haltom, who has long been a hockey fan but didn't have much company in Southern California.

Lifelong Kings fan Andrew Gonzales, 21, was a bundle of tears and screams in the streets as he reveled with friends on Figueroa Street outside Staples on a night he thought might never come.

"It's been 14 years I've been a fan, I started when I was 6, I've been to over 200 games," said Gonzales. "It's the happiest day of my life. I could die. Yeeaaah!"

One group of fans started a mosh pit in the street and lit some small fires, but the fans were mostly tame as police and politicians had wanted, hoping to avoid some of the ugly violence and vandalism that has followed some Lakers' titles.

There were scores of police in riot gear lining the streets in the hour after the game, and police said they placed several undercover officers among the fans.

A citywide tactical alert was called during the game with the Kings ahead early.

But police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Kings fans have been easy to deal with throughout the playoff run and expected that the victory party would be no different.

"We're big fans of the hockey fans right now, they've been very, very cordial," Smith said during the game.

The team announced it would throw a downtown victory parade Thursday morning, ending with a party inside Staples Center.

The team made it interesting for the fans, thwarting their plans for a party to celebrate a sweep last week by losing Game 4, then dropping Game 5 in New Jersey.

But their fears and doubts were quickly put down Monday night as the Kings scored three quick goals on their way to a 6-1 win.

"Being a Kings fan we always know that disappointment is right around the corner," said Nando Duran, who watched the game with his wife Amber in South Pasadena. "It feels good to be alive and be able to see them win the cup. We're ready to pop the champagne."

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Associated Press Writer Grant Hindsley contributed to this report.

As the Kings celebrated their win inside the Staples Center, fans celebrated in Downtown LA with Stanley Cup replicas, crowns and flags.
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  • Matt Greene

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene (2) celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game Six of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals at the Staples Center Monday, June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. The Kings won the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Dave Sandford/Pool)

  • Rob Scuderi

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi (7) celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game Six of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals at the Staples Center, Monday, June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. The Kings won the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Dave Sandford, Pool)

  • A Los Angeles Kings fan celebrates outside the Staples Center after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Kings fans celebrate their Stanley Cup victory over the New Jersey Devils outside the Staples Center after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A fan of the Los Angeles Kings is pushed over in a "mosh pit" while celebrating the hockey teams' winning of the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils in game six of the NHL championship series outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

  • Fans of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate their hockey teams' winning of the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils in game six of the NHL championship series outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

  • Fans of the Los Angeles Kings hoist a replica of the Stanley Cup as they celebrate the Kings winning of the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils in game six of the NHL championship series outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

  • Police control fans of the Los Angeles Kings during the celebration of their hockey teams' winning of the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils in game six of the NHL championship series outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

  • Fans of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate their hockey teams' winning of the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils in game six of the NHL championship series outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

  • Police control fans of the Los Angeles Kings during the celebration of their hockey teams' winning of the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils in game six of the NHL championship series outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

  • Dusting Brown

    Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown holds up the Stanley Cup after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Los Angeles Kings pose for a photo after beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanely Cup during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Los Angeles Kings pose for a photo after beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanely Cup during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Six-year-old Brian Mantooth rides atop his father's shoulders outside the Staples Center with a traditional Stanley Cup playoff beard drawn on his face before the start of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Eight-year-old Scooby, rides in a bicycle basket outside the Staples Center before the start of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A Los Angeles Kings fan approaches the Staples Center to watch Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Kings fan Jeff Hawke heads to the Staples Center to watch Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)