Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils Dig Deep Hole

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils Dig Deep Hole

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LOS ANGELES - Down and nearly out, the Devils vowed they will not give up.

It appears at this point, however, any resistance they put up against this rolling playoff machine that is the Los Angeles Kings will be futile.

The Kings moved within one victory of their first Stanley Cup with a dominating 4-0 win over the Devils in Game 3 of the Finals on Monday night at Staples Center.

The Kings got goals from four different players, and goaltender Jonathan Quick made 22 saves to post his third shutout of the playoffs.

The Staples Center record crowd (for hockey) of 18,764 chanted, "We want the Cup!" for much of the third period. It will be in the house for Game 4 on Wednesday night as the Devils try to avoid being swept for the first time in their history.

The Devils' only hope begins with getting a win Wednesday to force a Game 5 on Saturday night at Prudential Center.

"That's what we're going to do," right wing Ilya Kovalchuk promised. "I really believe so. We've got to go out there and try to get a win and go back to our building."

There hasn't been a sweep in the Stanley Cup Finals since Detroit took four straight from Washington in 1998. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 Finals deficit to win the Cup. Only two other teams in league history - the 1975 Islanders and the 2010 Flyers - have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win.

"We're not going to quit until someone has won a fourth game," Devils captain Zach Parise said. "We start over. We've got to win four straight. That's it. That's our approach. Win the next one. That's all we can do."

The way this series has gone so far, it doesn't appear the Devils have such a comeback in them, but they say they still believe.

"I think so," goaltender Martin Brodeur said. "It's not the best situation. It is the worst situation you could be in, but we've just got to put our head down and work hard. We believe in ourselves that we're going to compete as hard, and the result will be there one way or the other."

The Devils appeared frustrated in the third period as a 2-0 deficit turned into a 4-0 hole on power-play goals by Jeff Carter at 4:15 and Justin Williams at 6:47. …

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