LOS ANGELES --
In the eyes of the Long Angeles Kings, the turning point in Game 3 came early -- when they successfully killed off the Devils' 60-second 5-on-3 power play in the first period.
"Greener [defenseman Matt Greene
], I think I saw him block three one-timers from [Ilya] Kovalchuk," forward Dustin Penner
said following L.A.'s 4-0 win Monday night. "He chewed him up and spit him out. You could just tell how much it means to the guys in this room. It just excites and pumps everyone up on the bench to watch guys go down and take a shot like that consecutively."
It was actually only two blocks by Greene on Kovalchuk, but you get Penner's point. Greene, Willie Mitchell
and Jarret Stoll
, playing in front of goaltender Jonathan Quick
, limited the Devils to only one shot on goal over the entire 5-on-3.
New Jersey's best chance to grab a lead in this series came and went just like that.</p>
"We've had some 5-on-3s to kill and we've done a good job of communicating, knowing where we are on the ice and knowing where the threats are, where the one-timers are and where they are not," Stoll said. "Kovalchuk is a big threat for them and we wanted to lock him up. Quickie is going to have to make some saves. In a 5-on-3 your goalie is going to have to make some saves, and he did. We just didn't want to give them that great one-timer from a good position."
The Kings' penalty kill as a whole was again impenetrable Monday -- L.A. was a perfect 6-for-6 in 9:01 of power-play time.
Los Angeles hasn't allowed a power play goal in the series, denying all 12 chances for the Devils. L.A. has killed 48 of the last 50 power plays against and is 64 for 69 in the playoffs.
"We've been doing it all year. It is kind of a staple on our team," Mitchell said. "[Assistant coach] John Stevens
has been terrific with it as far as details, and it has been a group that takes a lot of pride in it. We feel it makes a difference, and tonight it did."
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