Kings One Win Away From Sweep – NHL Roundup
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings took the longest way possible to reach the Stanley Cup finals, becoming the first NHL team to win three straight Game 7s in the same postseason. However, they are just one win away from a four-game sweep of the finals after Jonathan Quick gave his best performance of the series on Monday night.
Quick made 17 of his 32 saves while the Kings scored twice in the second period of a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers. Quick helped the Kings kill off the Rangers' six power plays and preserved his second shutout of the postseason and ninth of his playoff career by stopping 11 shots in the third period.
Meanwhile, Rangers netminder Henrik Lundvist looked rather ordinary while making only 12 saves. Jeff Carter put the Kings ahead to stay with just 0.7 seconds left in the first period before Jake Muzzin (MUHZ'-ihn) and Mike Richards added second-period goals. Henrik stopped just six of nine shots from Carter's game-winner through the end of the second period.
Los Angeles will look to complete a sweep Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ondrej Palat (AWN'-dray PAHL'-at) to a three-year contract. He and teammate Tyler Johnson are finalists for the Calder Trophy, presented each year to the NHL's top rookie. Palat had 23 goals and 59 points this season, helping the Lightning make the playoffs.