The fat lady keeps warming up those vocal chords and L.A. fans can hear her from the San Fernando Valley. The Kings are only one win away from their first Stanley Cup after a 4-0 win over the Devils on Monday.
No matter how hard the Devils try, they simply can't put the puck in the net. The reason: Jonathan Quick.
The Kings goaltender had 22 saves in the shutout Monday night — his third goose egg of the postseason — in a game that even included a five-on-three disadvantage during a power play for New Jersey in the first period in which they failed to score. The momentum just kept building for L.A. following the great defensive stand.
"I think the (penalty-kill) was the difference in the game," Quick said.
With the breakout scoring beginning in the second period, Alec Martinez got it all started with a goal before Jeff Carter added one of his own, while Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams both had a goal and assist.
"I don't think we're too surprised," said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who has scored in every Stanley Cup final game thus far. "We know we have a great team in here. Before this game, it easily could have been 2-0 for them. It is a tight series, but at the same time, we are really confident with the team we have in here."
And here's a fun-filled fact: the Kings, who have jumped out to a 3-0 series lead in the finals, are the first in NHL history to accomplish such a feat as an eight seed.
"We're almost where we're trying to go, but we haven't won anything yet," captain Dustin Brown said. "We know what we have a chance to do, though. Having an opportunity to win a championship here could get rid of a lot of frustration for a lot of people."
And the Devils; they're just trying to keep their heads up.
"It's not the best situation," goaltender Martin Brodeur said. "It's probably the worst situation you could be in — no, it is the worst situation you could be in. But we believe in ourselves. We're going to compete as hard as we can, and the result will be there one way or another. … We're just facing a team right now that's doing everything right."
The Kings are now 15-2 this post-season and will look to continue their dominance in game 4 Wednesday night in L.A.
If history serves us correctly, fans will be hoping to hear some beautiful melodies in the air –via a fat lady, of course — and not the riots that usually ensue following a Lakers championship. I mean, a King needs a Queen, right?
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