FTHN Playoff Report: Quick Gets Shutout In Game 3 As Kings Take 3-0 Series Lead

Kings center Jeff Carter celebrates his buzzer-beating first period goal. Photo credit: Shannon Stapleton/Rueters.

Kings center Jeff Carter celebrates his buzzer-beating first period goal. Photo credit: Shannon Stapleton/Rueters.

Headed into Game 3 and already down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals, it was a must-win situation for the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. But, instead of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stealing the game for New York, it was Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick who stole the show on Broadway and silenced the home crowd.

KINGS – 3 VS RANGERS – 0 (LA LEADS SERIES 3-0)

Coming into this series we all knew the Rangers had an uphill battle if they wished to be the ones hoisting the Stanley Cup when all was said and done. We also knew that in order for that to happen Lundqvist was going to have to steal a game or two and as of today he just hasn’t done that. In fact he’s actually been getting outplayed by Quick and while New York outshot the Kings 32-15 in Game 3, they couldn’t find an answer for Quick and Los Angeles capitalized on what little scoring chances they had.

Things started off pretty well for the Rangers and it looked like the game was going to be tied 0-0 headed into the second period but Jeff Carter and the Kings had other plans. With almost no time left on the clock, Carter took a pass from Justin Williams before slicing down the middle and then burying one top shelf past Lundqvist with just 0.7 seconds left on the clock. It look all the life out of the building and the Rangers never fully recovered.

The rest of the game the Rangers threw plenty of pucks at Quick and got plenty of chances but they just couldn’t solve the Kings goaltender and his paddle saves. New York even had six power-play chances, yes six power-play chances and they couldn’t score on any of them.

In the second period the Kings got goals from Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards, and from there they never looked backed as they went on to win Game 3 by a score of 3-0. Coincidentally enough Los Angeles now owns a 3-0 series lead.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Carter’s goal at the end of the first was an absolute backbreaker for the Rangers and the Kings were able to seize control from there. You can choose that as the play of the game or any of Quick’s three ridiculous saves that he made with the paddle of his stick.

FTHN PLAYER OF THE GAME

Speaking of Quick, he had never played at Madison Square Garden before Game 3 but apparently there isn’t much of a difference between Hollywood and Broadway, at least for him. He stopped all 32 shots he faced and plenty of those saves were of the spectacular variety.

Say what you want about Quick, but if it’s the playoffs and a big game, I’m fairly certain there aren’t many goaltenders on the planet you’d want manning the crease over him.

GAME 4 PREVIEW

The Rangers already had their collective backs against the wall before Game 3, but now having been unable to win any of the first three games they now find themselves in a very deep hole against an extremely experienced Kings team that can smell blood in the water.

It’s not impossible to comeback from being down 3-0 in a series, we’ve seen the Kings do it this year while Carter and Richards have also done it before in Philadelphia. Just that’s the only problem, the Rangers are playing the team that made the miraculous comeback (against the San Jose Sharks no less) and I’m pretty sure they have zero intention of allowing that to happen to themselves.

So, the Rangers certainly have their hands full as they now need to win four games in a row but an NHL playoff series isn’t over until one team wins four games and so far that hasn’t happened, yet.

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