NEW YORK — The Kings moved within one win of their second Stanley Cup in three years with a 3-0 win over the Rangers in Game 3 of the Cup final Monday.
Game 4 is Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Only four NHL teams have come back from 3-0 deficits to win a playoff series. Los Angeles became the fourth this year when it beat the Sharks in the first round.
"This isn't even close to being over," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said.
For the first time in their past five games, the Kings had a lead during a game when Jeff Carter scored with 0.8 seconds left in the first period. The last time the Kings had led in a game was in the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference final against the Blackhawks. They lost that game in regulation but won their next three games in overtime, a stretch of 249 minutes and 14 seconds in which they played from behind or tied.
Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards also scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick had 32 saves as the Kings were outshot 32-15.
"We played a real solid road game," coach Darryl Sutter said.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 4:21 left in the game. New York didn't get a shot with a 6-5 advantage.
"We're down 3-0, and it feels like we could easily have at least two wins here, but it's not the case," Lundqvist said.
Lundqvist said before Game 3 that the difference in the first two games was "a bounce here or a deflection."
They were big differences for the Kings in Game 3, too. Carter's goal went in off the skate of Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, and the second goal, on a power play, deflected in off the left glove of Rangers wing Marty St. Louis, who put out the hand to try to block the shot.
First Period—1, Los Angeles, Carter 10 (Williams, Voynov), 19:59. Penalties—Mitchell, LA (high-sticking), 17:42.
Second Period—2, Los Angeles, Muzzin 6 (Kopitar, Gaborik), 4:17 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, M.Richards 3 (Clifford), 17:14. Penalties—McDonagh, NYR (high-sticking), :59; Staal, NYR (high-sticking), 3:18; Mitchell, LA (elbowing), 8:13; Doughty, LA (hooking), 11:53; Hagelin, NYR (slashing), 13:51; Muzzin, LA (interference), 17:44.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Greene, LA (tripping), 1:02; Kreider, NYR (interference), 5:58; Brown, LA (slashing), 9:53. Shots on Goal—Los Angeles 5-8-2—15. N.Y. Rangers 4-17-11—32. Power-play opportunities—Los Angeles 1 of 4; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 6. Goalies—Los Angeles, Quick 15-9-0 (32 shots-32 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 12-10-0 (15-12).