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Fact File: Kings make history – again

Jun 4, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 4: A view inside the arena prior to the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings in Game Three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

After two narrow wins in New Jersey, the Kings cruised to a 4-0 victory in Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.

Speaking of 3-0 series leads, Los Angeles has now taken one in every round of the playoffs. Since the NHL adopted it’s current playoff format in 1987, the Kings are the only team to have ever accomplished that feat.

Here are a few more facts to chew on:

— Believe it or not, this was New Jersey’s first game out of the Eastern Time Zone since Jan. 14. Maybe that was part of the problem…

— It’s finally happened! We finally got a non-Flyer atop the playoff goalscoring leaderboard when Anze Kopitar netted his eighth goal of the playoffs, tying Claude Giroux and Danny Briere for the NHL lead. Philadelphia’s playoff run ended on May 8.

— On a similar note: With an assist in Game 3, Drew Doughty now leads all blueliners with 13 points. He wrestled the top spot away from the New York Rangers’ Dan Girardi. The Rangers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals, but thanks to the Kings’ dominance, Doughty has actually played in three fewer games.

Jeff Carter finally ended the series drought on power-play goals at 4:15 of the third period. Neither team netted a single goal with the man advantage in Games 1 and 2. Just how rare is that? As far as the Stanley Cup finals go, that’s just the third time it’s happened in 60 years. The last time it happened was in 1994 when the New York Rangers played the Vancouver Canucks.

— With 46 postseason road wins in total, we’re still tied for the NHL record. New Jersey will either break the record on Wednesday or the Los Angeles Kings will hoist the Cup.

— Neither team managed more than nine shots on goal in any period of this contest. Not including overtime, the New Jersey Devils are the only team to accumulate more than 10 shots on goal in a single period, doing it in the first and third frames of Game 2.

— The New Jersey Devils have not held the lead at any point during the Stanley Cup finals.

  1. manchestermiracle - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Monster game for Jonathan (Vezina) Quick. He’s the reason the Devils are coming apart at the seams. Any other goalie in the league would have given up more than the two he has so far in this series, and one of them went in off a King. And a big thanks to the Philly Connection (Carter, Richards) for a fine goal. Is it just a coincidence that Simon Gagne gets on the ice for the first time in the playoffs (and first time since last year) and suddenly the Kings’ PP clicks twice? Hmmm……

    • blomfeld - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      Right on brother !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • tastybasslines - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Quick will not win the Vezina and I’m fairly sure that Lundquivist will get it with a 1.73 GAA, although Quick had 10 shutouts this year and probably deserves it just as much. Gonna be close.

      He will for sure win the Conn Smythe though.

      • manchestermiracle - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        Regular season performance or playoffs or both?

        Regular season: GAA Save% SO
        Quick 1.95 .929 10
        Lundqvist 1.97 .930 8

        Quick 1.36 .950 3
        Lundqvist 1.82 .931 3

        Pretty close in the regular season, although for most of the year Quick did not have the offensive support Lundy enjoyed. The most telling difference is in the playoffs, where Quick has shown his superiority. Bottom line: Quick has gotten better and better and is on the verge of winning the Cup. Lundqvist is sitting at home.

        Stats courtesy of ESPN.

  2. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Hey PHT, how about a stat about the fewest games needed to win the Stanley Cup? With how perfect the Kings have been they have to be at least really close to the fewest. Just wondering….

    • bensawesomeness - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      16-2, oilers did it in 82 or 83, i didnt read the article, but they did post it today or yesterday. (Kings are on track to have a chance to tie the record)

      • manchestermiracle - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        1988. The year before the Oilers traded Gretzky to the Kings.

      • bensawesomeness - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        88, sorry

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