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by Paul on 06/10/14 at 10:46 AM ET
QUICK, KINGS MOVE WITHIN ONE WIN OF STANLEY CUP
Jonathan Quick made 32 saves, including 17 in the second period, to record his ninth career postseason shutout and backstop the Kings to a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
* The last time the Kings raced to a 3-0 series lead (in any round) was in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, which they ultimately won in six games. The first three games of this series have followed a similar script to that of the 2012 Final – a pair of overtime victories, followed by a shutout:
2012 Stanley Cup Final
Game 1: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
Game 2: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
Game 3: Los Angeles 4, New Jersey 0
2014 Stanley Cup Final
Game 1: Los Angeles 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
Game 2: Los Angeles 5, NY Rangers 4 (2OT)
Game 3: Los Angeles 3, NY Rangers 0
* Making his first NHL appearance at Madison Square Garden (regular season or playoffs), Quick earned his second shutout of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs – tying Marc-Andre Fleury and Tuukka Rask for the League lead – and his second in nine career Stanley Cup Final starts (also Game 3 vs. NJ in 2012; 22 saves).
* Quick, a native of Milford, Conn. (approximately one hour from New York City), actually made one prior appearance on the Madison Square Garden ice – as a 12-year-old, when his peewee team competed in a shootout between periods of a Rangers game.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Quick became the second opposing goaltender to post a shutout at Madison Square Garden in the Stanley Cup Final. The other: Gerry Cheevers, who backstopped the Bruins to a 3-0 Stanley Cup-clinching victory in Game 6 of the 1972 Final.
* Jeff Carter scored with 0.8 seconds remaining in the first period to stake the Kings to their first lead since the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, a 249:14 stretch.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carter became the fifth player to register a goal in the last second of any period in the Stanley Cup Final – and only the second to do so in the last 48 years:
GOALS AT 19:59 OF ANY PERIOD, STANLEY CUP FINAL HISTORY
April 6, 1944: John Harms, Chicago (3rd period – MTL 3, CHI 1)
April 18, 1950: Buddy O’Connor, NY Rangers (2nd period – NYR 4, DET 3)
April 28, 1966: Gordie Howe, Detroit (3rd period – MTL 4, DET 2)
June 4, 2007: Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa (1st period – ANA 3, OTT 2)
June 9, 2014: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles (1st period – LA 3, NYR 0)
* Carter recorded his 10th goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, taking sole possession of second place in the NHL and becoming the fourth player in Kings history to reach double-digits in goals in a single postseason – a feat also accomplished by teammate Marian Gaborik earlier this year.
* Carter’s goal proved to be the game-winner, the sixth of his playoff career and his first since scoring the Stanley Cup-clinching marker in Game 6 of the 2012 Final vs. NJ.
* Justin Williams picked up the primary helper on Carter’s goal, extending his assist/point streak to five games (2-7—9). He also leads all players with 1-5—6 in the Stanley Cup Final and is tied (with Carter) for second in postseason scoring with 8-16—24, all career highs.
* Anze Kopitar collected his League-leading 21st assist and 26th point of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has registered at least one point in 19 of the team’s 24 postseason games. Only Wayne Gretzky (15-25—40 in 1993) has recorded more assists or points for the Kings in a single playoff year.
* After setting a Stanley Cup Playoffs record by overcoming two-goal deficits in each of their prior three outings, the Kings never trailed in Game 3.
* The Kings won their League-leading eighth road game of the postseason (8-5). In 2012, they tied a Stanley Cup Playoffs record with 10 road victories (10-1), including two in the Final.
* The Kings scored three or more goals for the ninth consecutive game. They lead the NHL with 84 goals this postseason, an average of 3.50 per game, after ranking 26th during the regular season (2.42 goals per game).
* Eleven different players have accounted for the Kings’ 11 goals through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final.
* Teams leading the Stanley Cup Final 3-0 have won the series 25-of-26 times (96.2%) since the NHL implemented the best-of-seven format in 1939. The only club to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup was the 1942 Maple Leafs (vs. DET).
DID YOU KNOW?
The Kings defeated the Rangers in Game 3 despite being outshot 32-15. The last team to win a Stanley Cup Final game when recording 15 or fewer shots on goal was the 2004 Lightning, who also had 15 in a 2-1 victory over the Flames in Game 7 of the Final.
COMPETITION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS CHANGES
The Competition Committee met on Monday and made several recommendations for changes to the Board of Governors and the Executive Board of the NHLPA.
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Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin scored his sixth goal of the playoffs (24 GP); he had five goals during the regular season (76 GP) . . . The Rangers held their opponent to 15 shots on goal for the third time this postseason (also Game 1 vs. PHI and Game 3 vs. PIT) . . . The Kings earned their first-ever playoff victory at Madison Square Garden (1-3) . . . ICYMI: Kings forward Trevor Lewis discussed the Game 3 victory in his latest blog for NHL.com . . . Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Brian Williams, Matt Harvey, Kelly Ripa, Katie Couric, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cuba Gooding Jr., Phil Jackson and Amar’e Stoudemire were among the fans in attendance for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Thanks to the NHL PR department for the above information.
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