Kings take commanding 3-0 lead in Stanley Cup Final

Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:31pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of reclaiming the Stanley Cup by beating the New York Rangers 3-0 on Monday at Madison Square Garden to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven National Hockey League title series.

The Kings, who have done their business the hard way in their playoff run with three Game Seven wins on the road and battled back after falling behind by two goals in each of their two wins at home changed the script in their visit to Broadway.

Los Angeles put themselves firmly in the driver's seat with pinpoint shooting and a spectacular performance by goaltender Jonathan Quick.

The winners converted three of their modest 15 shots on goal, while Quick saved all 32 shots from the Rangers, who failed to take advantage of six power play chances.

"He was obviously the best player on the ice," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter said the power play was the key.

"They didn't score on any of them," Sutter said.

"I think the second period was probably the most important part of it. We scored on the power play and they didn't. That's a big difference."   Continued...

Jun 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) is congratulated by his teammates after game three of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Kings won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports