Hockey / Sports

Kings defeat Rangers, 3-0; now one win from title

Jonathan Quick would not be denied. The New York Rangers were ... repeatedly.

Quick owned the Rangers in a 3-0 victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden Monday. It left the Los Angeles Kings with a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. They win their second Cup in three seasons with a victory in Game 4 Wednesday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final when they won a seven-game series over the Detroit Red Wings in 1942. But the Kings have personal experience in this area. They rallied from three down to beat the San Jose Sharks in the first round this postseason.

Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards scored goals. But it was Quick's play that took the will from the Rangers, who were playing their first Stanley Cup Final game at home since 1994.

He stopped 32 shots, including 17 in the second period. He made several acrobatic saves, the best coming when he reached back with his stick while flat on the ice to deflect Derick Brassard's chip at an open net.

It was Quick's second shutout of the playoffs.

The Kings had not led in regulation since Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. They had rallied from two-goal deficits in each of the last three games, beating the Rangers in overtime of Game 1 and double overtime of Game 2.

This time, the Kings took the lead and kept it.

Carter played beat the clock at the end of the first period. He scored on a short-handed rush with 0.6 seconds left for his 10th goal of the playoffs.

Muzzin made it 2-0 with a power-play goal four minutes in the second period. His shot from the blue line deflected off the skate of the Rangers' Martin St. Louis and into the net. It was Muzzin's sixth goal of the playoffs, one more than he had during the regular season.

Richards buried the Rangers deeper by executing a perfect two-on-one opportunity 17 minutes into the second period, first faking a pass and than feigning a shot before blasting the puck past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 15 shots.

The Rangers were scoreless on six power plays as well as the final four minutes when they pulled Lundqvist for a sixth skater.

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