Alain Vigneault on the difficulty of responding to the first goal of the game…“Well, I know there wasn't a lot of shots on net. But we felt we played a real good period, the pace was good, there wasn't a lot of room, both teams were battling real hard for ice. That was their only chance in the first period. We out-chanced them 4-1. We had some real good looks. Stuff like that happens. Effectively we came out hard in the second and we kept trying.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…“Well you try to stay positive right now, but it’s tough, it’s really tough. We are doing a lot good things, but you look at the goals and we put two in our own net and then just a tough play on the third one. At some point, you are going to need some puck luck and we don’t have any right now. It feels like they have all of it. We always talk about how you have to earn that puck luck, but I think we are working really hard and doing a lot of good things but when they score goals like that when it feels like we are right there and doing the right things, obviously it’s mentally challenging to try to overcome that first goal. And I think we played good in the second and they get that fluky bounce again on the second. It doesn’t matter what you think you deserve out there, you just have to find a way to win games and that’s what they have been doing. We can sit here and say we’ve played really well but at the end it’s about finding ways to win, and we haven’t done that.”
Dan Girardi on not getting bounces…“We are not sure why it’s happening but we have to keep working ourselves and work hard and the bounces will come our way. It all just comes down to we have to win one game and we’ll go from there.”
10:44PM: First Period:
- Jeff Carter - ASST: Justin Williams (16), Slava Voynov (7)
- Jake Muzzin (PPG) - ASST: Anze Kopitar (21), Marian Gaborik (8)
- Mike Richards - ASST: Kyle Clifford (5)
- Well that didn't turn out as expected. The Jeff Carter goal sucked the life out of the building and I think it really demoralized the Rangers.
- Jonathon Quick made at least 4-5 saves that should have resulted in goals and when you combine that with some bounces for the Kings, it's a 3-0 win and a 3-0 series lead. Quick is a tremendous goalie who hadn't been at his best during parts of the playoffs but he has made countless big saves for the Kings.
- The Rangers looked disjointed at times, unable to make passes and just kind of lost as the Kings were playing with a lead for the first time in the series.
- The PP was disappointing tonight and looked like the PP that went 0-38 when they couldn't get a big goal at a big time. They had some chances on the PP but it wasn't good enough. Rick Nash did see some time on the PP and showed some jump but probably too little too late for the Rangers.
- Ultimately the Rangers find themselves on the brink of elimination and being swept after being the better team in the first two games.
Game notes via the Rangers:
- The Rangers were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0, tonight in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers trail the best-of-seven series, three games to none.
- The Blueshirts have posted a 12-11 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-5 record at home.
- The Rangers outshot the Kings, 32-15, in the contest, and held an 11-2 shot advantage in the third period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 15 shots on goal the team allowed in the contest are tied for the fewest the Blueshirts have given up in a playoff game since 1974. New York has allowed 15 shots on goal in three playoff contests this year (Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 17; Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals vs. Pittsburgh on May 5). The Rangers are the first team to hold their opponents to 15 or fewer shots on goal in at least three playoff contests in one year since the New Jersey Devils did so four times during the 2001 playoffs.
- New York has held its opponents to less than 30 shots on goal in 10 of 11 playoff games at Madison Square Garden this year, and has held its opponents to less than 20 shots on goal on four occasions in the playoffs at MSG. The Rangers’ opponents have averaged 23.5 shots on goal in the playoffs this year at MSG.
- The Rangers were credited with 25 hits in the contest. Twelve different Rangers recorded at least one hit, and six different Blueshirts had at least two.
- Fifteen different Rangers recorded at least one shot on goal in the contest, and six different Blueshirts registered at least three.
- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 12 of 15 shots in the contest. Lundqvist has posted a 12-10 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-5 mark at home. The game was Lundqvist’s 90th career playoff appearance. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader in both regular season and playoff action is the 13th goalie in NHL history to appear in 90 playoff games with one team. Lundqvist is also the second Blueshirt (among skaters and goalies) to appear in 90 career playoff games with the organization (Walt Tkaczuk – 93). The Rangers goaltender ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.20) and SV% (.922) in the playoffs.
- Brian Boyle won six of seven faceoffs (86%), was credited with three hits, and blocked one shot in 10:29 of ice time. The Rangers forward has won 59.6% of faceoffs he has taken (56-for-94) over the last 11 games. Boyle ranks second on the team – and eighth in the NHL – in hits (62) in the playoffs. Boyle also leads all NHL forwards, and ranks fourth among all skaters on the Blueshirts, in blocked shots (29) in the playoffs.
- Mats Zuccarello recorded four shots on goal and was credited with a game-high, six hits while leading all forwards in the contest with 21:36 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for third on the team in hits (51) and ranks fourth on the team in shots on goal (50) in the playoffs.
- Ryan McDonagh tied for the team lead with two blocked shots, tied for the game-high with two takeaways, and was credited with two hits while skating in a game-high, 26:56 of ice time. McDonagh leads the team in average ice time (26:04), and ranks second on the team in blocked shots (47) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman also ranks sixth in the NHL in blocked shots, and 10th in the league in average ice time in postseason play this year.
- Derick Brassard registered a game-high, five shots on goal and was credited with one hit in 20:13 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded 13 shots on goal in the last four games.