Morning jam: NJ-LA Game 3 facts

June, 5, 2012
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The Los Angeles Kings moved to within one game of their first Stanley Cup with a win over the New Jersey Devils. The Devils’ 2 goals scored through first three games matches the second-fewest goals through the first three games of Stanley Cup finals series in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44), the fewest since the Blues scored a total of 2 goals in first 3 games of 1969 Stanley Cup finals.

* Kings: 5-2 at home in playoffs (10-0 on road)
* Jonathan Quick: 22 saves; 3rd shutout of postseason, has stopped 70 of 72 shots in series. FROM ELIAS: Kings have not allowed more than 3 goals in any of their 17 playoff games this postseason. That ties the NHL record for most such games, shared by 2008 Red Wings and 2012 Rangers.
* Martin Brodeur: 5-game Stanley Cup finals road-losing streak
* Anze Kopitar: goal and an assist; 5th multipoint game of postseason. Has 18 points in postseason, tied for the NHL lead with Ilya Kovalchuk
* FROM ELIAS: This is the 35th playoff series in which Martin Brodeur has started each of his team’s first three games, but it’s only the second time that he has lost all three games. The first was a 2006 conference semifinal series against Carolina, which the Hurricanes won in five games.
* Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his shutout victory. Quick has allowed only two goals as LA has taken a 3-0 lead in his first Stanley Cup finals. Three goaltenders allowed two or fewer goals in their first three Stanley Cup finals games, but none in the last 60 years. The three were Frank McCool in 1945 (no goals allowed), Alex Connell in 1927 (2) and Terry Sawchuk in 1952 (2).
* The last team to score two or fewer goals in the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals was St. Louis in 1969, when they lost by scores of 3–1, 3–1, and 4–0 to Montreal.
* Since the Stanley Cup Playoffs expanded to four best-of-7 series in 1987, the 1988 Edmonton Oilers' 16-2 record is the best in a single postseason. But with a win in Game 4, the Kings have a chance to tie the Oilers.
* NEXT LEVEL: The Devils had nearly seven more minutes of power-play time than the Kings in Game 3, but were unable to generate any offense on the opportunities. The Kings cleared the puck 25 times when down a man, resulting in the Devils having the puck in the offensive zone on 55.5 percent of their power-play time. By comparison, the Kings held the offensive zone for all 46 seconds of their first power play, which resulted in a Jeff Carter goal. The Devils cleared the puck just once on Los Angeles' two power plays.
* The Kings had five shots on goal to Martin Brodeur's high stick side, scoring three times on such shots. Entering the game, Brodeur had allowed three goals total to the high stick side this postseason.
* Martin Brodeur made 17 saves in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, but only three of those saves were controlled without a rebound. The first goal of the game by Alec Martinez and the final goal by Justin Williams were both scored directly following a Brodeur rebound.
* The Devils attempted 60 shots in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, but put only 22 (36.7 percent) on goal. The Devils had just as many shots miss the net as the Kings had all game (21).

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