Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Broadway Flop

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Broadway Flop

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NEW YORK - The long-awaited return of the Stanley Cup Final to Madison Square Garden has quickly - or is that Quick-ly? - become this reality: The Kings can sweep the Rangers.

"We're a good team in here, we're going to fight until the end and see how long that takes," Mats Zuccarello said. "We can't go out playing Game 4 thinking we've lost the Stanley Cup Final. We've got to believe."

It's just tough when every bounce seems to be going the other way.

After two overtime wins in Los Angeles in which they rallied from two-goal deficits, the Kings won Game 3 at the Garden, 3-0, on Monday night as Jonathan Quick earned his ninth career playoff shutout with 32 saves, including 17 in the second period. The Kings won despite just 15 shots, taking just two in the third period.

But the Rangers went 0-for-6 on the power play and, other than Rick Nash (four shots), Derick Brassard's line with Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot, which combined for 13 shots and Carl Hagelin (four shots), did not get enough urgent play from their forwards.

It was the first Cup Final game at the venerable arena - boisterous at the start and eerily silent after Jeff Carter's goal with 0.7 seconds to go in the first period became the winner - since Mark Messier and Co. lifted the trophy after a Game 7 win over the Canucks on June 14, 1994.

"You're looking at the ticker, you see you're down 3-0," said defenseman Dan Girardi, who slid over and had Carter's shot deflect off his skate blade and then off Henrik Lundqvist's glove. "That doesn't matter now. We've just got to come out and win one game and then we just go from there."

Only four teams in NHL history have rallied from a 3-0 series deficit, the Kings being the latest when they came back against the Sharks in this season's first round. The Maple Leafs are the only team to do so in the Cup Final, beating the Red Wings in 1942.

"Nothing's done," Quick said. "Nothing's finished. We still have a lot to work on. We do know the fourth is always the most difficult so we've got a lot of work to do. …

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