Canucks Kings Game 3 Shutout
April 16, 2012 by staff
Canucks Kings Game 3 Shutout, When Jonathan Quick rapped his goal stick on his posts as the buzzer sounded, the sellout crowd unleashed 11 years of deferred playoff excitement on their Los Angeles Kings. After so many false starts and failures, the long-suffering Kings are on the verge of an unlikely breakthrough. The mighty Vancouver Canucks? They’re on the brink of collapse.
Quick made 41 saves, Dustin Brown scored on a long rebound with 13:30 to play, and the eighth-seeded Kings pushed Vancouver to the edge of a shocking playoff ouster with a 1-0 victory in Game 3 on Sunday night.
Brown sparked the Kings with a crushing second-period hit on Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin, and his fourth goal of a stellar series put the Kings one win away from their first playoff series victory since 2001. They couldn’t celebrate until Quick finished off his second career playoff shutout after posting a club-record 10 in the regular season.
“We’ve gone through a lot this year, but we’ve always battled out and found a way,” Brown said. “It’s important for us to understand that we can’t take it easy now that we have a three-game lead … but it feels great to have an opportunity to close out a series at home.”
With their stalwart captain and their All-Star goalie playing at their absolute peaks, the Kings earned a chance to finish off the two-time Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
The Kings also snapped a five-game playoff losing streak at Staples Center. Los Angeles is starved for playoff success after watching first-round defeats the past two years following an eight-year postseason absence.
“This team has been trying to put pieces together for the last six years,” Brown said. “It’s been a long road, and I really think it’s only just starting for us. Going into the series, did this group believe we could beat them? Definitely. We never thought we were going to be up 3-0 in a series against a team that’s pretty well dominated this league for the last two years. Still, it’s three games, and it takes four to win.”
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