The New Jersey Devils had their best chances of the Stanley Cup Final in Game 3. Unfortunately for them, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had his best game of the Final on Monday night.
He stopped all 22 shots he faced in the 4-0 win, his third shutout of the postseason and first since Game 2 against the Phoenix Coyotes. Quick now has a 1.36 GAA and a .950 save percentage. He has a shot at catching Marty Turco's 2007 record for playoff save percentage (.952) with another stellar performance in Game 4.
Quick provided nightmare fuel for the Devils in Game 3, thwarting a few chances that seemed tagged for the back of the net. Not only that, but two key saves led to Kings goals moments later.
Here are the five greatest stops from Quick's perfect Game 3 victory, which moved the Kings within a victory of their first Stanley Cup.
5. David Clarkson, Second Period
Clarkson made a nice move to spring the Devils on a 2-on-1. But as he was all game, Quick was there to stifle the Devils' chance before getting bowled over by Clarkson. Oh yeah; moments later, the Kings scored the game's first goal.
4. Adam Henrique, Second Period
The Devils' rookie had two cracks at Quick on the power play, but Quick wouldn't crack. A cross-ice pass found him with room to Quick's left. The Kings goalie moved far outside his crease to cut down the angle. He saved a first shot, Henrique collected the rebound, shot it into Quick's chest and he covered. Moments later, Anze Kopitar made it 2-0.
3. Ryan Carter, Second Period
Ryan Carter's point-blank shot that glanced off of Quick's blocker was one of those moments in which we wanted to measure his midi-chlorians in order to better understand his Jedi powers.
2. Travis Zajac, third period
The game was well in hand at this point, with the Kings up 4-0, but Quick still had some magic left in stopping Zajac point-blank to preserve the shutout.
1. Zach Parise, First Period
The Devils were on a 5-on-3 power play thanks to Mike Richards elbow and a Jeff Carter high-sticking double minor. Patrik Elias set up Zach Parise in front of a deflection, which Quick kicked out of harm's way — with Zajac on the doorstep. Seconds later, Marek Zidlicky's tripping call short-circuited the man advantage.