Jonathan Quick’s shutout propels the Kings to a 3-0 series lead.
The Milford, Connecticut native stopped every one of the 32 shots he faced, the Rangers were 0/6 on the power play, and the Kings took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 3-0 win in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Kings will look to bring home the teams 2nd Stanley Cup in the last 3 years on Wednesday night. There has not been a sweep in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1998.
It appeared the game would be scoreless after the first period, but Jeff Carter’s shot deflected in off Dan Girardi’s skate with 0.7 seconds left and the Kings never looked back. This was the Kings first lead in regulation all series.
Then 4:17 into the second period, Jake Muzzin did something the Rangers could only dream of. Muzzin scored on the power play to give LA a 2-0 lead.
With 2:47 left in the 2nd, Mike Richards scored on a 2 on 1 that made it 3-0.
The best Rangers chance of the game came off the opening face-off to start the 3rd period when Chris Kreider was sprung loose for a breakaway, but Jonathan Quick stonewalled him to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard. A goal there for Kreider would have given New York a ton of momentum.
The Rangers had to resort to pulling Henrik Lundqvist who stopped 12 of the 15 shots he faced with 4:21 to play, but it didn’t matter. Quick was on another level tonight and there was nothing the Rangers could do about it.
A crazy stat from this game is the Rangers actually out-shot the Kings 32-15. New York had every opportunity to score. This post-season, the Rangers are an abysmal 3/44 on the power play.
Another frustrating aspect of this game for New York was the fact they were the more physical team out-hitting the Kings 25-18.
The Rangers now enter complete desperation mode and will look to do something the Kings did in the first round of these playoffs against the San Jose Sharks, and that’s come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
A tall task indeed, but it’s not over yet.