The L.A. Kings are one win away from putting a Hollywood ending on one of the most spectacular playoff runs in NHL history.
Jonathan Quick made 22 saves at the Staples Center in his third shutout of the postseason, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist, and the Kings rolled to the brink of the franchise's first title, beating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night to take a 3-0 series lead.
Alec Martinez scored the opening goal, and Jeff Carter and Williams added late power-play goals as the Western Conference champion improved to 15-2 in the postseason. The eighth-seeded Kings jumped to a 3-0 lead in their fourth straight series — a first in NHL history.
Game 4 is Wednesday night at the Staples Center.
"We're almost where we're trying to go, but we haven't won anything yet," captain Dustin Brown said. "We know what we have a chance to do, though. Having an opportunity to win a championship here could get rid of a lot of frustration for a lot of people."
The crowd of 18,764 was the largest in Staples history for a Kings game. Hundreds of fans in black jerseys gathered in the plaza outside several hours before game time, chanting slogans and carrying inflatable Cup replicas.