As the tension built inside Staples Center on Wednesday night with Kings fans expecting a Stanley Cup coronation, the rumblings outside the arena provided an almost equal amount of intrigue.
There was legitimate reason for concern. A riot erupted in Vancouver last year after the decisive game of the Cup Final. Lakers championships have resulted in violence outside Staples Center, mostly recently in 2010. And the near fatal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium last year is still fresh in the local psyche.
Before the game, Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck encouraged fans to celebrate if the Kings won, but warned them about flooding into the downtown area by the arena.
"Do it at an appropriate venue," Beck said. "You're not going to do it on the streets in front of Staples Center."
Obviously not everyone pays attention what the chief of police happens to advise.
Even though the Kings fell short of clinching their first Stanley Cup as the Devils pulled out a 3-1 win, and thus squelching any sort of massive eruption of celebration, the potential was evident.
As the Kings and Devils skated through two scoreless periods before both teams broke through in the third, the Twitter feed dedicated to dispatches on the local emergency frequency -- @LAPDScanner -- provided compelling, if not ghoulish, updates on the developments outside the rink.Full Story >>