In front of a record-breaking crowd of 18,764 fans, the eighth-seeded Kings continued their magical run in the NHL playoffs on Monday. The Kings are one win away from winning the Stanley Cup after their 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in game three at the Staples Center.
New Jersey's defense did not have an answer for the Kings' domination on offense in the second and third periods. At the 15:20 mark in the third period, the Kings' Jeff Carter scored on a power play assisted by Mike Richards and Willie Mitchell. Two minutes later, Justin Williams converted on a 14-foot wristshot assisted by Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar. The Kings defense completed the shut out and held the Devils scoreless for the final 13 minutes after Williams' goal.
Alec Martinez was responsible for the Kings' first score as he broke the scoreless tie in the second period on a rebounded shot off of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. Anze Kopitar extended the Kings lead to 2-0 with a goal of his own on a snapshot with just under five minutes left in the second period.
The Devils actually finished with a 22-21 shot advantage, but Kings goalie Jonathan Quick refused to let the puck get past him, ending the game with 22 saves.
Game 4 will take place on Wednesday, June 6th at the Staples Center. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. and will be televised on NBC.
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