By John Vogl
Los Angeles finally got to play with a lead. Now they have one that's almost insurmountable.
The Kings, who took a 2-0 series advantage in the Stanley Cup final despite not holding a lead in regulation, scored the only goals Monday night to blank New York, 3-0. Los Angeles can sweep the Rangers and win its second Cup in three years Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden.
"We got to make sure that’s our best game, the fourth one is always the toughest to win,” said L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick, who made 32 saves for the shutout.
The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to win the Cup after trailing, three games to none, in the final. The comeback has become more common in earlier rounds, with Los Angeles doing it in the playoff opener against San Jose this year.
"You try to stay positive right now, but it's tough. It's really tough," New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "At some point, you're going to need some puck luck, and we don't have any right now. It feels like they have all of it. You always talk about how you have to earn that puck luck, but I think we worked really hard. We're doing a lot of good things."