Vancouver Riot Kissing Couple Speaks on Street Smooch, Global Attention

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They are now known as the Vancouver Riot Kissing Couple. But Scott Jones and Alex Thomas were just playing tourist last week.

The couple hit the the streets following Game 7 of the NHL Finals - a contest won by the Boston Bruins, 4-0 - because they figured "something big" and worth experiencing would happen.

Unfortunately, they were right.

Angry fans burned police cars and caused such mayhem that police came out in force, using riot gear to subdue the crazy crowd.

In the middle of it all, Thomas was pushed down (you can see the incident occur in the video above), Jones rushed to her air and planted a kiss on her lips... just as a photographer snapped a photo that has circulated the globe and made the pair into instant celebrities.

“I was just trying to calm her down,’’ Scott told Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on Today. “It was pretty scary for her, and it seemed like the best thing to do."

Thomas wasn't at all surprised by the gesture.

“I would never have expected anything less,’’ she said. “We’ve had a great six months, so it’s kind of amazing that there was someone there to take a photo of that and capture that.’’

The pair is planning to move to Australia, Jones' native land, where Scott hopes this publicity can help his stand-up comedy career.