Penguins fans celebrate in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -- Thousands of people turned out in spontaneous celebrations Friday night to celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup victory.
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The Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 to win the Cup for the third time, following titles in 1991 and 1992.
The dominant chant was a vulgar insult to Marian Hossa, the former Penguins player who signed a one-year deal with Detroit last summer, turning down a better-paying offer with a longer term from Pittsburgh.
"I love to beat Hossa, the traitor," said Randy Banks, 34, who was out with his dog, Bear. The dog was wearing a Sidney Crosby jersey.
A victory parade is set for noon Monday in downtown Pittsburgh, and will follow the route the Steelers took in their Super Bowl parade, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Empty cans and bottles of beer littered the street and a homemade replica of the Stanley Cup covered in aluminum foil was passed around.
"This is amazing. It hasn't happened since I was 7, so it's nice to see it again," said Kevin Buch, 24, who has lived in Pittsburgh all of his life.
Fans agreed that it was especially sweet to have won the victory over Detroit because the Red Wings beat the Penguins in Pittsburgh last year.
"It just feels great. We're the city of champions again," said James Weaver, 41, lawyer from Washington, Pa., who went to Pittsburgh to watch the game with friends in a bar.
The crowd appeared to be under control, though it took a large police presence including officers on horseback and on motorcycles to do so.
After midnight, riot police and an armored SWAT team truck began to disperse a crowd along a row of taverns, restaurants and bars in the city's South Side neighborhood and said they would arrest anyone who didn't move along.
Police made more than 80 arrests during spontaneous street celebrations following the Steelers' Super Bowl victory in February.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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