New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards scored in the second period and the Los Angeles Kings hold a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
The Kings didn't have a power play in the first period, but Ryan McDonagh was called for high-sticking just 59 seconds into the second period. The Rangers penalty killers, though, did a good job of keeping the Kings from getting any quality chances.
However, another high-sticking call to New York, this time by Marc Staal, gave the Kings another power play just moments after the first one expired, and this time Los Angeles cashed in.
Holding the puck at the right point, Muzzin let loose with a wrister that knicked off Martin St. Louis and cruised past Henrik Lundqvist with Jeff Carter providing a screen in front at 4:17.
An elbowing whistle to Willie Mitchell gave New York its second power play of the game at 8:13, but Jonathan Quick was on his game again as he made a stop on a Brad Richards right point shot, then stopped a Derick Brassard follow-up chance on the rebound.
Rick Nash got a shot on net from down low that Quick stopped. Nash was able to get the rebound and had the right side open for a wraparound as Quick was unable to get back, but Drew Doughty got a stick on Nash to keep him from getting a shot off. A hooking penalty to Doughty gave New York its third power play of the game.
New York, though, was only able to get a couple of shots on net before the advantage expired.
A 2-on-1 break saw the Kings take a three-goal advantage, as Mike Richards skated down the left wing with Trevor Lewis on his right. Richards tried to feed the puck over to the right and McDonagh blocked it. The puck, though, went right back to Richards and he snapped it high with 2:46 left in the second.
Muzzin was whistled for interference with 2:16 left in the second, but the Rangers couldn't get one past Quick.
Quick made 17 saves in the frame and has 21 through the first two periods to keep the Rangers off the board.
Los Angeles leads this best-of-seven series, 2-0, after taking both games at home, the first in overtime, the second in double overtime.
There weren't many offensive chances in the first period as the teams combined for just nine shots, with Quick stopping four to keep the Rangers off the board.
The first chance of the game went to the Kings around 3 1/2 minutes in as Matt Greene's big blast from the right point was swallowed up by Lundqvist with no rebound.
A bit later, Carl Hagelin attempted a wraparound from the right side that Quick stopped, and it was Hagelin again with a good chance as he one-timed a St. Louis pass from down low halfway through the frame, but Quick was there again.
The Rangers nearly grabbed the lead when Mats Zuccarello found himself all alone at the left side with a rebound chance, but Quick was able to dive back and use the stick to deflect the puck away with 7 1/2 minutes left.
Moments later, a Derek Dorsett one-timer from the right circle was also stopped by Quick.
The first and only power play of the period went to New York after Mitchell was whistled for high-sticking Zuccarello with 2:18 to play in the first. New York, though, managed just one chance on a Zuccarello one-timer from the right point that Quick knocked away.
Shortly after killing off a penalty, the Kings skated down the other way and Justin Williams gained the zone through the middle, slipping over to the right before sending a short pass back to his left. Carter took the feed and snapped a shot from the top of the right circle that hit off the tip of the left skate blade of a diving Dan Girardi and in off the glove of Henrik Lundqvist.
It was the first time the Kings had a lead in a game since the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, a span of 249:14.