Game 3 of this year’s version of Lord Stanley’s Wild Rumpus featured a total beatdown of the New Jersey Devils by the Los Angeles Kings.
From Yahoo! Sports:
The Los Angeles Kings moved to within a win of their first Stanley Cup with a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, as goalie Jonathan Quick cemented his status as the Conn Smythe favorite with a 22-save shutout in his best performance of the series.
According to NBC, the Kings became the first NHL team to take 3-0 leads in four straight series, the first time that’s happened since the league adopted the seven-game series format.
If history is any indication, the Devils are toast. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to rally from a 3-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final to win the title. Those Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders and 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, are the only teams to rally to win a series once down 3-0.
(That doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen for the Devils. Take it from a Made Yankee Fan in Boston 2004 survivor.)
Still, the Kings ruled the Devils in every aspect of the game last night. They won almost every battle for the puck, took advantage of their opportunities to score, and generally pushed the Devils around for the entire game.
It’ll be a devil of a challenge for New Jersey to come back now.