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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.
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