The crowd was rocking, but the first 20 minutes produced no goals, as the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils are scoreless after the first period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The Kings lead the best-of-seven series two games to none.
The first period was a defensive battle, with the Kings taking just six shots compared to seven for New Jersey. Both Jonathan Quick and Martin Brodeur saved all shots that came their way.
Mike Richards was called for elbowing at 14:35 of the first period for the first penalty of the game, and the power play opportunity became a 5-on-3 Devils advantage when Jeff Carter was called for high-sticking a minute later. But New Jersey couldn't capitalize, and committed a penalty of their own as Marek Zidlicky tripped Richards. But New Jersey was able to kill that penalty as well.
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