The Los Angeles Kings are “Quick”-ly on the verge of finishing off one of the more impressive Stanley Cup Finals runs in recent history.
Led by Jonathon Quick, who should be the runaway winner of the Conn Smythe trophy for the postseason most valuable player, the Kings won game three in convincing fashion, beating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 on home ice at Staples Center. It was quite a change from the first two games in Newark, with the Kings winning both games in overtime. While the score was close in both of those games, it really felt like the Kings were in complete control of both contests.
It was very clear who was in control of game three, with the Kings dominating every aspect of the game. Where it all started in this game for Los Angeles though, was with special teams. The Kings killed off all five shorthanded situations, including an extended five on three skater advantage, and also scored on both power play opportunities they had. In the end, that was a huge momentum builder for the Kings, and ultimately put them in position to win the game in convincing fashion.
Then there is the story of Jonathon Quick. The goaltender who, until late, had been overlooked by many for the type of year and postseason run he is having, once again showed up in a big way, recording his third shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Quick has been putting up out of this world numbers this season. Quick has won 15 of the 17 games he has played in, and has a ridiculous 1.36 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. That is playing on a completely different level.
Where do the New Jersey Devils go from here? They face multiple problems moving forward. First, they have yet to find a way to beat Jonathon Quick. For everything they have thrown at Quick, he has always had an answer. Being down three games to none in a series is just about an impossible task to overcome, but if you are the Devils, you have to look at it on a smaller scale to win. First, win one shift. Then, win a period. Then go from there.
The Devils still have an extremely steep hill to climb moving forward. It will not be easy by any means if they want to get back into this series. The first thing they have to do? Find a way to beat Jonathon Quick.