Stanley Cup Final Game 3 … post-game notes

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From the NHL:

2014 STANLEY CUP FINAL POST-GAME NOTES – GAME 3
LOS ANGELES KINGS 3 at NEW YORK RANGERS 0 – JUNE 9, 2014
KINGS TAKE 3-0 SERIES LEAD
The Kings have taken a 3-0 lead in games for the first time in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and
for the first time since becoming the first NHL club to do so in all four playoff rounds in 2012.
The first three games of this series have followed a similar script to that of the 2012 Final, when they
captured their first Stanley Cup in franchise history: two overtime victories, followed by a shutout.
2012 Stanley Cup Final 2014 Stanley Cup Final
Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1 (OT) Los Angeles 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1 (OT) Los Angeles 5, NY Rangers 4 (2OT)
Los Angeles 4, New Jersey 0 Los Angeles 3, New Jersey 0
QUICK POSTS SECOND SHUTOUT OF 2014 POSTSEASON
Making his first career appearance at Madison Square Garden and with his team outshot 32-15,
goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped every shot he faced in posting his second shutout of the
2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury and Boston’s Tuukka Rask
for the playoff shutout lead. Quick improved his playoff statistics to 15-9 with a 2.69 goalsagainst
average and .910 save percentage.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Quick is just the second opposing goaltender to record a
shutout at Madison Square Garden in the Stanley Cup Final, following Gerry Cheevers, who
backstopped the Bruins to a 3-0 Stanley Cup-clinching win in Game 6 on May 11, 1972.
The last team to win a Stanley Cup Final game with 15 shots or fewer was the Tampa Bay Lightning,
who also had 15 in a 2-1 win over Calgary in Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final (6/7/04).

CARTER BEATS THE CLOCK IN TALLYING GAME-WINNING GOAL
Jeff Carter’s last-second goal in the first period proved to be the game-winner. Carter notched
his 10th goal of the postseason to take sole possession of second place in the NHL, three
behind teammate Marian Gaborik. Carter follows Gaborik as the fourth player in franchise
history to reach double-digits in goals in a single postseason.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carter’s goal with 0.8 seconds showing on the clock was
just the fifth tally in the last second of a period in Stanley Cup Final history. Daniel Alfredsson
is the only other player to score such a goal in the past 48 years, doing so in the opening frame
of Ottawa’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Game 4 on June 4, 2007.
Carter’s goal gave the Kings their first lead since the third period of Game 6 of the Western
Conference Final vs. Chicago (249:14).
Carter’s goal also was his first postseason game-winner since notching the Stanley Cup-winning
goal for Los Angeles in Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against New Jersey.

TEAMS LEADING THE STANLEY CUP FINAL 3-0
Teams leading the Stanley Cup Final 3-0 have won the series 25 of 26 times (96.2%) since the
League implemented the best-of-seven format in 1939. The only club to come back from a 0-3
deficit to win the Stanley Cup was the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (vs. Detroit).
KINGS TALLY 3+ GOALS FOR NINTH CONSECUTIVE GAME
The Kings scored three-plus goals for the ninth consecutive game. They lead the NHL with 84
goals in the postseason, an average of 3.50 per game (2.42 average during the regular season).
NO COMEBACK REQUIRED IN GAME 3
After setting an NHL playoff record by overcoming two-goal deficits to win each of their past
three games, the Kings never trailed in Game 3. They outscored the Rangers 1-0 in the opening
period, a frame in which New York had outscored opponents 25-11 entering Game 3.
KOPITAR ADDS TO LEAGUE-LEADING PLAYOFF POINTS TOTAL
Anze Kopitar tallied an assist on Jake Muzzin’s second-period goal, increasing his League-leading
scoring total in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs to 5-21–26. Only Wayne Gretzky (15-25–40 in 1993)
has recorded more assists or points for the Kings in a single playoff year.
WILLIAMS EXTENDS SCORING STREAK
Justin Williams earned an assist on Jeff Carter’s first-period game-winner, increasing his
postseason points total to 24 (eight goals, 16 assists). Williams leads all players in scoring in the
Stanley Cup Final with 1-5–6; is on a five-game point streak (2-7–9); and is tied for second in
NHL playoff scoring with Carter (10-14–24).
KINGS POST EIGHTH PLAYOFF ROAD WIN
The Kings won their League-leading eighth road game in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (8-5).
They tied a single-year NHL playoff record with 10 road victories en route to capturing the
Stanley Cup in 2012.

Photo by Getty Images.

 

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  1. Boy oh boy, doesn’t look so good. I would never have believed the Kings could sweep the Rangers. I don’t think I’ll watch the next game, I don’t have it in me to see the cup lifted at the Garden by the wrong team in a game 4. It’s been a crazy season, maybe they’ll put a rabbit out of the Broadway Hat, but I doubt it. Stupid friggin Kings.

  2. Would of, could of, should of. This is the situation and it doesn’t look like the series will make it to five games. I still give the Rangers a ton of credit hanging in this series. Games one and two were very close.

  3. Here’s my take:

    people have been saying NYR has been “unlucky” in games 1 & 2…but I think they were really lucky to be in it that close for so long…I think tonight we saw the reality of this match up. It’s just weird that we really could have taken those first 2 games.

    My brother got tix for game 4…he’s insisting we go. I don’t know how to tell him no on it, I can’t imagine it being a good time. Further more..down 3-0, I dont even want to know what he paid for these tickets…but I really don’t know if I’d rather see the Rangers win and send it back to LA for a chance for them to win the Cup in front of those bandwagon awful fans, or if I’d rather witness a Cup awarded live at MSG at the expense of my own team.

    guilty truth: my first team as a child was the Kings because of Gretzky. I also would have never, ever gotten into hockey at all if it weren’t for the Mighty Ducks movie.

    I don’t know. This sucks. I truly would have rather been blown out of the Finals than be in this situation where 2 games have slipped through our fingers. The only possible way this can be any worse is coming back and getting to a Game 7 and losing on that first rush in OT.

    Winning this Cup would have echoed through NY sports history for a hundred years.

    For Los Angeles and those joke fans this cup is gonna be another excuse for a cocaine fueled weekend and forgotten by August.

  4. players are trying and all just do not have the cajones to get the job done. Game 4 against Pitssburgh they laid an egg and tonight. they out chanced them blah blah blah but at the end of the day nada.

    Nash says all the right things but no return on investment. Kreider has had chances but zilch.

    quick made all the saves, Henrik not so much. Girardi does not get it, he does not seem like a Rhodes Scholar.

    not tough enough, disciplined enough, or have enough swagger… they outhit the kings, outshot and chanced the kings tonight and also got shutout at home while giving up 15 shots for the game..

  5. ThisYearsModel on

    Kings have players that perform in the clutch. Starting with their goalie. The Rangers do not. I am sick to death of the Rick Nash albatross. A $7.8 Million per year penalty killer. These were the games the Rangers traded everyone to get him and St. Louis for. And the Rangers get zero from them. St. Louis and Richards have hit a wall. Nash simply has list his game since the concussions and will never be the same. Losing the finals is one thing. Getting swept out is something else. An embarrassment.

  6. A true sweep would be easier to swallow in all honesty. Knowing games 1 & 2 were completely pissed away is what truly hurts and will still hurt next year, 5 years, 10, 20, 30 years from now.

    and I’m not gonna turn my back on Vigneault…but a lot of this situation falls on him, and this has been my issue/problem with him from day 1: I’ve seen his mega talented teams in VAN completely piss it away in the playoffs. Just either piss it away or play as if they had no idea what was at stake, I watched it all.

    Vigneault has been great but damn I’m just reminded of those loaded VAN teams blow it in the playoffs.

    Keenan was on FIRE tonight…almost made Michelletti cry in the post game…uncomfortable moment, but also pretty awesome.

    for a minute you really saw a coach telling a (former) player the way it is and needs to be. Granted Keenan is basically advertising himself for an NHL job.

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