Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick grew up in Milford, Connecticut, about an hour north of New York City, but he had never played at Madison Square Garden before he stepped on the ice Monday for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. He skated off as the game's First Star after a 3-0 victory against the New York Rangers in which he made 32 saves.
Quick's shutout was the first at the Garden in the Final since Gerry Cheevers of the Boston Bruins in 1972, when Boston won 3-0 in a Cup-clinching Game 6 victory. Quick and Cheevers are the only two opposing goaltenders ever to earn shutouts at the Garden in the Cup Final.
The Kings lead the best-of-7 series 3-0. Game 4 is Wednesday at the Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Quick has been unbeatable since allowing seven goals in less than five periods in Games 1 and 2. He has not allowed a goal in the past 115:36, since Derick Brassard scored at 14:50 of the second period in Game 2, which the Kings won 5-4 in double overtime.
The Kings won Game 3 despite being outshot 32-15. No team had won a game in the Final with 15 or fewer shots since the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning, who had 15 in their 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames in Game 7.
Los Angeles is the 27th team to win the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final; 25 of the first 26 went on to win the Cup. That list includes the 2012 Kings, who won the first three games against the New Jersey Devils and took the Cup in six games. The only team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit was the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, who rallied to beat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games.