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NEW YORK (AP) — It turns out Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are just as good with the lead as they are without it.
That leaves the New York Rangers with little hope of making much of a series out of the Stanley Cup finals.
Quick stopped 32 shots in his best start of the series, Jeff Carter scored in the final second of the first period, Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards added goals in the second, and the Kings beat the Rangers 3-0 on Monday night to move within one win of their second Stanley Cup title in three years.
Los Angeles leads 3-0 and can claim the Cup on Wednesday night in New York. The Kings have already survived three Game 7s on the road, so this amount of success has their confidence soaring.
Quick hardly showed it when he took the podium wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
“I don’t think it would be any different if we were down 3-0,” Quick said. “We’re just trying to win a game in a couple days here. That’s the focus.”
After the Rangers blew two-goal leads in each of the first two games of the championship round in Los Angeles, they came home and couldn’t get anything going against Quick.
The All-Star was sharp early and in the middle when the Kings built their lead. Not even six power plays could jump-start New York’s offense.
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