NHL: Kings Shutout Rangers, One Game Away From Winning Title
After an all-around stellar performance from the Kings, they now lead the series 3-0. The shutout that started with a buzzer beater resulted in a 3-0 victory for Los Angeles.
New York was given a multitude of opportunities to score but the Kings’ defense and Jonathan Quick’s performance didn’t allow one goal to the Rangers.
Quick was the key player for the Kings and proved that he was the overall dominant player on the ice. He made 32 saves and acrobatic plays to keep his team in the lead and earn his ninth career postseason shutout.
The Kings didn’t jump to an early start, but with less than a second on the clock in the first, Jeff Carter sent the puck past Henrik Lundqvist to beat the buzzer and give his team its first lead of the series.
Carelessness from the Rangers played a big factor in the second period. They carried out multiple penalties and it eventually helped lead to their downfall, giving the Kings their second goal on a power play. Jake Muzzin took advantage of the one-man advantage to send a wrist shot into the cage.
Further into the period, the Rangers had many chances to close the deficit, but were denied in every situation. During a power play Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard took shots but could not get them in the net, and Rick Nash came close to preventing a shutout, but Drew Doughty made sure he kept the Rangers at zero goals.
Los Angeles got its third and final goal with 2:46 remaining in the second. Mike Richards’ snapshot bounced off of Ryan McDonagh and returned to him, allowing Richards to put up another goal.
The Kings will head into game four with a 3-0 series lead over the Rangers, and hopes of a series shutout. Game four of the Stanley Cup Final will take place at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.