June 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period in game three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Quick Work: Kings Goalie Bolsters Conn Smythe Bid, Moves Team Within Win Of Cup

Jonathan Quick held his team in early, and by the end of the evening, the Kings took full advantage, rolling to a 4-0 win. They're one win from the Stanley Cup.

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Stanley Cup Finals 2012, Game 3: The Quick And The Dead

Just when the New Jersey Devils mounted their best attempt to make the Stanley Cup Finals a competitive series, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick shut the door.

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Following Game 3 Collapse, New Jersey Devils Hope To Avoid Quick Final Exit

After two games that went to overtime and could have gone either way gave the Kings a 2-0 series lead, a failed Devils' two-man advantage led to a lopsided L.A. victory as Jonathan Quick once again completely shut down the New Jersey offense.

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Despite Los Angeles Kings Claim, NBC Says Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 Will Air On NBC Sports Network

Kings' Twitter feed says Game 4 could be moved to NBC, but network and league deny.

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Kings Vs. Devils, 2012 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Continues To Cruise

The Los Angeles Kings are making the Stanley Cup Finals look a little too easy. The Kings won Game 3 Tuesday night in dominating fashion over the New Jersey Devils, putting themselves in position for a sweep following the 4-0 victory.

Though a barrage of goals helped the Kings to the victory, it was goaltender Jonathan Quick who earned praise following the game (thanks to saves like this) as he posted a 22-save shutout -- his third of the playoffs.

Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored the final two goals in the third period to close out the game, though one could probably make the case that either Alec Martinez or Anze Kopitar's goals in the second period following a scoreless first were enough to do the trick.

The potential closeout game will happen Wednesday night at the Staples Center as the Kings attempt to go from barely making the postseason as the eighth seed to sweeping the championship series.

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Jeff Carter, Justin Williams Goals Have Kings Preparing For Game 3 Win

It's just like old times, but this time the stage couldn't be bigger. Mike Richards to Jeff Carter for the goal, and the Kings have a 3-0 lead in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The power play goal, in which Richards fed Carter from the corner for a tight shot that beat Martin Brodeur, has all but assured the Kings their third straight 3-0 series lead.

Oh, and if you had any further doubt, here's Justin Williams wrapping this one up even further. We hadn't even finished writing about the Carter goal before this Williams tally, assisted by Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar.

The Kings are just playing like a juggernaut. They were outplayed early in Game 3 and were probably the lesser team in Game 2, but the way they've come alive in the latter two periods of Game 3 has been impressive. Barring a miracle, the Devils are going to fall into a 3-0 series hole, and while Al Michaels might be in the house, he's an L.A. Kings season ticket holder. New Jersey is in trouble.

Stick with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub for full Stanley Cup finals coverage. For more on the New Jersey Devils, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles .

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Kings Vs. Devils, 2012 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3: L.A. Up 2-0 After 2 Periods

The New Jersey Devils have scored two goals in the Stanley Cup Finals. For the first time in those same Stanley Cup Finals, a team has scored two goals in a period — and, in a non-shocking turn of events, it's the Los Angeles Kings, who scored twice in the second period of Game 3 to build a 2-0 lead heading into the final period.

Alec Martinez got the first goal of the game on a play in the crease that got Martin Brodeur hot and bothered, and Anze Kopitar followed with his eighth goal of the playoffs after serving one of the Kings' three penalties in the period.

L.A.'s special teams continue to be dominant: the Kings are now 6-for-6 on penalty kills on the night.

Stick with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub for full Stanley Cup finals coverage. For more on the New Jersey Devils, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Anze Kopitar Goal Gives Kings 2-0 Lead In Game 3

It was likely the prettiest goal of this Stanley Cup Finals, and it featured the Los Angeles Kings completely picking apart the Devils defense on the rush with unbeatable precision.

Anze Kopitar came through the neutral zone and made a cross-ice pass to Justin Williams, who gained the offensive zone. Williams made a deft little drop pass off the boards to Dustin Brown, who found a streaking Kopitar at the back post. The perfect pass from Brown was easily deposited top shelf by Kopitar and the Kings have a 2-0 lead.

Kopitar beat Zach Parise along the left wing side, and perhaps Parise could have been a little quicker there, but it's tough for the Devils to not just tip their hat to Los Angeles on this one. A beautiful goal by the Kings has spawned absolute control for the Western Conference Champions.

Stick with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub for full Stanley Cup finals coverage. For more on the New Jersey Devils, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles .

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Martin Brodeur Is Angry Over Alec Martinez's Game 3 Goal

I'm not certified as a lip reader or anything (do they have lip-reading certifications anyway?) but I'm pretty sure this is what Martin Brodeur yelled at referee Dan O'Halloran after Alec Martinez's goal in Game 3. The Kings got four whacks at the puck in the crease while it appeared as though the puck was under Brodeur's leg.

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"Bullshit. Hey, you can't make that call. ... Enough. Fuck. It was right under my pad. He was fuckin' whacking at it."

Again, not much of a lip reader, but you get the point either way. Marty wasn't happy, and he very well could have a solid case. Unfortunately for the Devils, it's all ancient history now. That goal isn't coming off the scoreboard.

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Kings Get 4 Whacks At Puck In Crease, Take 1-0 Lead

I really had a feeling that the Kings were going to take over this game to start the second period. They had just killed off some really important Devils power-play opportunities and New Jersey seemed a bit frustrated--at least to this observer--at their inability to put a puck past Jonathan Quick.

But early in the second period, that wasn't the case. Los Angeles found themselves pinned back in their own zone yet again. Quick was the only reason the Devils didn't take a 1-0 lead, really.

And that's how a great goaltender wins you hockey games. You're getting outplayed, you're getting outworked and your goaltender makes a series of big saves to keep the opposition off the board. Then, you go down the other end and get four whacks at a puck in the crease to take the lead.

Undeserved goal? Maybe. Martin Brodeur and the Devils were not happy with the goal, but the officials reviewed it briefly and the call on the ice stood. 1-0 Los Angeles. Alec Martinez's first career playoff goal.

Stick with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub for full Stanley Cup finals coverage. For more on the New Jersey Devils, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles .

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Special Teams Come Up Huge For Los Angeles Late In First Period

The Devils have been able to outskate the Kings deep in the Los Angeles zone, and it seems to be getting to the Kings a bit. Take this Mike Richards elbowing penalty, for example, which put the Devils on the game’s first power play.

Then, less than a minute later, the jokes write themselves as Jeff Carter joined Richards in the penalty box for this high-stick on Adam Henrique. The officials did a solid job of quickly making sure Henrique wasn’t bleeding, which would have caused a four-minute double minor penalty.

Just after stepping out of the box, Richards got a step on Marek Zidlicky at the Kings blue line while on the penalty kill, negating the Carter penalty. The Devils won the first period, especially at five-on-five, but the special teams were huge in keeping Los Angeles in that period.

Stick with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub for full Stanley Cup finals coverage. For more on the New Jersey Devils, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Kings Vs. Devils, 2012 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3: Scoreless After First Period

The New Jersey Devils have had plenty of trouble scoring on the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals at home. After a frustrating first period against Jonathan Quick and the Kings defense, the Devils could be forgiven for praying for a breakthrough, despite remaining tied at 0-0 in Los Angeles.

That's because the Devils had chances in the first 20 minutes of play: two Kings penalties gave the Devils 4-on-4, 5-on-4, and 5-on-3 situations late in the period, but none of their seven shots in the period got by Quick, and 10 more missed. Los Angeles' defense stepped up on the penalty kill, stifling New Jersey despite the man advantage.

The good news for the Devils is that the Kings' own troubles with putting the puck in the net didn't let up, either. Los Angeles had six shots in the first period, all saved by Martin Brodeur.

Stick with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub for full Stanley Cup finals coverage. For more on the New Jersey Devils, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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No Lineup Changes For New Jersey Devils In Game 3

New Jersey Devils head coach Pete DeBoer confirmed Monday morning that he'll keep the same lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, set for 8 p.m. ET Monday evening at Staples Center. The Devils face a 3-0 series hole should they lose, but they have pushed Los Angeles to overtime in each of the two games thus far.

"No changes," DeBoer said early Monday morning in Los Angeles. "We seriously consider lineup changes. We've got some depth there. We've got some good people that are available to us. I think the process we've gone through after every game is watch the tape, who can go in, come out, make us a better team.

"I don't think we're at that point. We don't need to panic, do that. I don't see that as a productive answer to where we're at right now."

Is DeBoer correct? Devils blog In Lou We Trust doesn't believe so.

The Devils arguably out-played the Kings during the latter stages of game 1 and most of game 2. A few lucky breaks here or there and the Devils could easily be going to Los Angeles up 2-0.

But they didn't get those breaks and can't just hope that those bounces will go their way. They've only gotten two goals so far this series, both from unlikely sources in Anton Volchenkov and Ryan Carter, and they need to do something to help them generate better scoring chances. Their top players do need to score, but they will take scoring and offensive creativity from anyone at this point.

Stick with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub for full Stanley Cup finals coverage. For more on the New Jersey Devils, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Simon Gagne Likely To Play Game 3 For Los Angeles Kings

Simon Gagne hasn't played since December 26. He's played just two games under Darryl Sutter after the Kings made an in-season coaching change, and he's made just 34 appearances in total during the 2011-12 campaign.

Yet according to multiple reports from Los Angeles, Gagne will be in for Sutter's Kings in Game 3 on Monday night. He'll replace Brad Richardson, and despite initial concerns of an injury, it seems as though the Kings are just opting for some extra scoring punch. Gagne is extremely familiar with the Devils having played most of his career in the Atlantic Division.

Should the Kings win the Cup, Gagne's inclusion in the Game 3 lineup will be enough for him to earn inscription. He hadn't met the criteria -- at least 41 regular season games or one Cup Finals game -- to date.

Stick with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub for full Stanley Cup finals coverage. For more on the New Jersey Devils, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust. For more on the Los Angeles Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Best Players Put Kings In The Driver's Seat (Again)

Just as Jonathan Quick was the reason the Kings made the playoffs before they reeled off 14 wins, he was the reason the Kings made it to overtime in Game 2 before they took over the game.

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