Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick shutout the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden with a 3-0 win Monday night. His first time playing at MSG, Quick made 32 saves and the shutout was the first in the Final since 1972.
The last time this happened was when Gerry Cheevers of the Boston Bruins shutout the Rangers back in the ’70′s. Quick and Cheevers are the only two goalies to ever receive a shutout in the Finals over the history of the NHL.
The Kings are now ahead 3-0 in the best of seven series. Quick has been unbeatable and has not allowed a goal in 115:36.
The Kings were out shot 32-15 yet still managed the win with the impeccable goaltending on Quick’s behalf. A team hasn’t won a game in the Cup Finals with 15 or fewer shots since 2004 when the Tampa Bay Lightning had 15 shots and managed to win the Calgary Flames.
The Rangers will have to win all of the remaining games to win the Stanley Cup, which is highly unlikely with the way the series is progressing at the moment. No team has come back form a three game deficit since 1942 when the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied and came back to win the Detroit Red Wings in seven games.
“He’s still been very sharp for us and he’s been a huge key for our success without a doubt,” teammate Drew Doughty said. “Maybe he didn’t have to stand on his head like he did in 2012, but I thought he stood on his head. He’s always our backbone, he always is.”
Quick has definitely become the backbone for the team and continues to be the reason the Kings have advanced to this point in the series.