Backed by a 32-save shutout from Jonathan Quick, the Los Angeles Kings took a 3-0 win in Game 3 and are now just one victory away from their second Cup championship in three years.
Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards all scored for the Kings, who needed overtime in Game 1 and double-overtime in Game 2 to win their two games at home. They got a late goal in the first period in this one, however, then scored twice more in the second to back Quick's stellar effort.
Los Angeles can close out this series on Wednesday in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.
Playing their first home game in the Cup Finals since a Game 7 win against Vancouver on June 14, 1994, the Rangers were hoping a familiar setting would get them in the win column. They were unable to solve Quick, though, and Henrik Lundqvist was victimized for all three goals on just 15 shots.
If New York is to win this series, it will have to do something only four other teams have done in NHL playoff history -- win four straight games after falling in a 3-0 hole.
One of those clubs is the Kings, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit to the San Jose Sharks in the first round of this year's playoffs.
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