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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.