Quick pushes L.A. Kings to brink of Stanley Cup title

IRA PODELL AP Sports Writer Published:

NEW YORK -- Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are finishing off the New York Rangers in a big hurry.

The Connecticut native, who grew up a fan of the Rangers and 1994 Stanley Cup-winning goalie Mike Richter, had his best game of the finals by far.

Quick made 32 saves and put the Kings on the cusp of another coronation with a 3-0 victory over New York in Game 3 on Monday night.

Los Angeles escaped with two overtime wins at home and then took complete command inside Madison Square Garden to take a 3-0 series edge.

The Kings took their first lead of the series on Jeff Carter's goal in the final second of the first period and then stretched the edge to three goals in the second -- something the Rangers failed to do in California.

New York is facing elimination Wednesday night in Game 4.

The first two games of the series went into double-overtime, but nothing of that length was needed on Monday night.

In Game 1, the Rangers led after the first and second periods, but the Kings fought back to force a tie and eventually won the game in the second overtime.

Stealing that game may have set the stage for a finals sweep, with the Rangers getting a chance to extend the series on Wednesday.

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