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Jeff Z. Klein: Back Home, Rangers Seem Lost

The Kings played a classic road game, blocking shooting lanes, limiting chances, counterattacking rarely but effectively. But Quick and the Kings were helped by the Rangers’ inability to finish their rushes.

Lynn Zinser: Rangers Create Bounces; L.A. Kings’ Jonathan Quick Swats Them Away

In the end, the picture of the Rangers’ frustration was painted on Lundqvist’s face. He is as openly emotional as Quick is laconic, every ounce of frustration playing out in his eyes as he recalled the details of the game, the pucks that tumbled past him on unpredictable routes to his defeat.


Pat Leonard: Stanley Cup Final: Jonathan Quick shuts out NY Rangers as Kings take 3-0 series lead

For a third straight game, the Rangers didn’t lose because they weren’t ready. Quick made numerous huge saves, the Kings were intensely physical, the Ranger power play went 0-for-6 and the Blueshirts’ biggest mistakes became L.A. goals.

Wayne Coffey: Stanley Cup Final: Jonathan Quick crashes NY Rangers’ Madison Square Garden party

By the time the third period came, the Rangers’ hole felt deeper than any crater on Eighth Ave., and any chance for hope kept on getting snuffed by Quick, who steered away another Brassard tip-in attempt with just nine minutes to play.

Mike Lupica: Stanley Cup Final: Jonathan Quick and Kings erase excitement and hope out of NY Rangers and Madison Square Garden

They kept trying to rouse themselves and this crowd. But every time they had a chance, even as they kept out-shooting the Kings, there was Quick, one of the great money goalies, to get a glove or a stick or a pad on the puck and make another save.


Steve Zipay: Rangers fall to Kings and go down 3-0 in Final

Teams leading the Final 3-0 have won the series 25 of 26 times since 1939. Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs were able to climb out of a 3-0 hole.

Steve Zipay: Rangers just aren’t scoring enough

The Rangers outshot the Kings 32-15, building an 11-2 edge in the third period. The 15 shots on goal were tied for the fewest the Rangers have given up in a playoff game since 1974.

Neil Best: Jonathan Quick stands out with Kings on verge of Cup

But even if he cannot match Lundqvist quote for quote — or designer suit for designer suit — he certainly can match him save for save, as he has proved throughout the Final and did most emphatically in Game 3 Monday night.


Steve Serby: Rangers can’t solve Kings goalie in shutout

The Kings wouldn’t trade Quick for anyone, Henrik Lundqvist included.

Larry Brooks: Nash becomes symbol of Rangers’ frustration

If the Rangers have a signature forward, it is Nash. Yet No. 61 hasn’t been on the power play — 0-for-6 Wednesday, 1-for-14 in the finals and 2-for-16 in the last seven matches — since Chris Kreider returned from his broken hand for Game 4 of the Pittsburgh series.

Jim Cerny: Return Home Is No Help as Rangers Lose Game Three, 3-0

For the Rangers it was a bad combination of unfortunate bounces at one end of the ice and too much Jonathan Quick at the other.

Pierre LeBrun: Up 3-0, Kings not celebrating yet

On Monday night, the Kings committed 22 fewer giveaways (11) compared to the 33 they had in Game 2.

Scott Burnside: Rangers just didn’t walk the talk

The production from the Rangers’ blue line doesn’t compare to the nightly contributions the Kings are getting from their blue-line corps.

Craig Custance: Greatness looks ordinary with Quick

When others on the bench or in the arena are staring in amazement at the replays, the Kings’ captain is doing something else. It’s not that he doesn’t appreciate the saves; he does. It’s just that he’s seen them all before.

Katie Strang: Nash’s no-show all too familiar for Rangers

Nash knows this feeling too well. He experienced the nadir of his Rangers tenure earlier this postseason, when he was booed for his inability to score during the second round.

Dan Rosen: Kings blank Rangers, move within one win of Cup

The Rangers are 0-11 in best-of-7 series after losing the first three games. They forced Game 7 once, against the Boston Bruins in the 1939 Semifinals.

Corey Masisak: Quick’s performance has Kings on verge of Cup

The overall numbers have taken a hit. Even with his second shutout of the playoffs, Quick has a .910 save percentage, which would be the lowest for him in the postseason since 2009-10 and down from .946 two years ago and .934 last season.

Tal Pinchevsky: Rangers desperate for answers in 3-0 hole vs. Kings

The Rangers have almost two full days to take their frustration and befuddlement and turn it into hope.


Evan Sporter: 2014 Stanley Cup Final: Short on luck, the Rangers are now short on time

If the Rangers can sustain the same level they were at in Game 3 come Wednesday, and, even get a few of those bounces, the Kings won’t dominant.

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.