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Studs and Duds from Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup Final Game 3

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Jonathan Quick earns his 9th career postseason shutout to give the Kings a 3-0 series lead.

Studs and Duds from Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup Final Game 3

Jonathan Quick was superb between the pipes as he shutout the New York Rangers, 3-0 to put his Los Angeles Kings one win away from the Stanley Cup.

Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin, and Mike Richards chipped in the goals while Quick made 32 saves in his best game of the series and perhaps the postseason. 

The Rangers did all they could to get one behind Quick, but the net-minder stood tall and left players and fans frustrated. To add onto the frustration, they failed to convert on six power play opportunities. 

The Blue Shirts' hopes for the Cup are almost certainly over, but the Kings know they cannot relax despite being up 3-0. The fourth win is always toughest and we'll see if they put the nail in the coffin on Wednesday. 

Here are the studs and duds of Game 3.

Studs

1. Jonathan Quick - Quick channeled his 2012 Stanley Cup form to earn his ninth career postseason shutout. He made two phenomenal paddle saves, one in the first period on Mats Zuccarello and the other in the second on Derek Brassard. Even if the Rangers fired 100 shots at Quick, he probably would have save them all. It just was that kind of a night for him and the Rangers. 

2. Jeff Carter - Carter turned in yet another exceptional performance as he scored a buzzer beater late in the first period to give the Kings' their first regulation lead. The goal was his 10th of the playoffs and he also led the team in terms of possession with a 55.6% Corsi For Percentage. 

3. Mats Zuccarello - Zuccarello has been one of the Rangers' most consistent players this series. After a two-point performance in Game 2, Zuccarello played very well once again, despite not getting on the scoresheet. He put four shots on goal and led the team with six hits. 

Duds

1. Brad Richards - Richards was a no-show once again, giving the Rangers absolutely nothing in his 16 minutes of ice time. Richards was a minus-1 with a team-high three giveaways. In addition, he was the second worst possession player on the Blue Shirts with a 33.3% Corsi. 

2. Dan Girardi - Like Richards, it has been rough series for Girardi. He was on the ice for two of the Kings three' goals and again looked careless with the puck in the defensive zone.

3. Rangers' Power Play - While the power play was effective in terms of creating scoring chances, the unit could not cash in on any of those chances no matter what they did. The power play is now an abysmal 1 for 14 in the series.

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