The wrecking ball has done significant damage. The Los Angeles Kings have defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 in Game 3 to take a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Thee Three Kings that scored, put Los Angeles within one game of winning the most coveted trophy in sports. Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards all netted goals to solidify a very important victory in the first of two games in the Big Apple.
New York started the game as they do every contest, “Attack, attack, attack!” Though after two games of figuring out the Rangers, Los Angeles limited New York to only four shots on the starting period. Both teams were battling back-and-forth the entirety of the first with no goals to come of it… until less than one second left in the period. Justin Williams had sent a pass into a streaking Carter who shot it from the top of the slot with 0.7 seconds left in the first. That defined the night for New York. Battle and fail.
The second and third period were not much better for the Rangers as Los Angeles turned on the heat, again. Muzzin scored on one of three power plays the Kings had when he fired a shot from around Uptown Manhattan to make it 2-0. Richards finally got in the series when he led a two-on-one down the ice. Richards had faked a pass to Trevor Lewis and got the goal on Henrik Lundqvist’s right side while the New York goalie was looking for the pass. The game was now 3-0. The game ended 3-0. The series is now 3-0.
But none of this would’ve happened without the sheer awesomeness of Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick. The LA netminder has returned to his 2012 form as he made 32 saves on 32 shots for his second shut out of the playoffs. He was incredible, he was Quick. For the first time in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Quick had consistently made magical say after magical say after magical safe. New York could do nothing to get the puck in the net. The Rangers had all the chances in the world and many would have gone in with a lesser goaltender, but Quick showed why he is the greatest goalie in the world.
Although, this is not over. The Los Angeles Kings know this. There still one more game and until that game is won, there is nothing to get excited about. We have seen a team come back to win a series after being down three games, specifically in these playoffs. But let us be serious, this is the Los Angeles Kings and they are not going let that happen. See you all on Wednesday.