If you were pulling for Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers to jump back into the Stanley Cup final on Monday evening you may have come down with a case of the what ifs.
Yes, the Kings did have plenty of puck luck on this night. The Rangers did not, even though they outshot Los Angeles 32-15. But as the old adage goes, you make your luck, and the Kings deserve full marks for the victory.
For the first time, they snatched a lead in a game and then watched Quick take over. After a couple of ordinary performances in Los Angeles, in which the Kings overcame 2-0 deficits twice to win in overtime, Quick was a difference-maker in Game 3.
He earned his ninth career shutout at a special place to him in front of a special person in his idol, former Rangers goalkeeper Mike Richter.
Richter was the last goalie to lead the Blueshirts to a Stanley Cup. That was 20 years ago. Quick, who grew up an hour away in Milford, Conn., was eight years old and over the moon when his hero Richter and thte 1993-94 Rangers ended a 54-year drought for the franchise with a championship celebrated in the streets of Manhattan.
But Quick even refused to crack a smile when asked about the victory with Richter in the building watching Game 3.
"It meant a lot to play well for my team," Quick told Hockey Night in Canada. "We play for each other. The fourth one is always the most difficult one to win and we'll get ready for that."
Quick and the Kings are one victory away from winning their second Stanley Cup in 24 months. If the Rangers can't shake off their latest loss, rebound and get their anemic power play to click (0-for-29 in the last nine home games), Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and Co. will have a sweep after three hard-fought seven-game series to get to the final.
The Kings certainly don't look like a tired hockey club after 24 playoff games and an extra 81 minutes and 20 seconds of overtime hockey. They instead look like a championship team, once again.
Even if you decide to play the what if game.
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