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Carter scores winner as Kings beat Rangers in Stanley Cup Final

Jeff Carter
Jeff Carter
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According to TSN on Monday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jeff Carter of London, Ontario scored the game winning goal with only one second left in the first period as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-0. With the victory, the Kings take a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final and are now only one win away from their second Stanley Cup in the last three years.

Carter, who scored his tenth of the playoffs from Slava Voynov and Justin Williams, delivered a shot that deflected off of Rangers' defenseman Daniel Girardi's skate and past Rangers' all-star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The goal really seemed to deflate the Rangers' confidence. The Rangers outplayed the Kings in the first period and right winger Mats Zuccarello had a glorious chance on Kings' goaltender Jonathan Quick, but Quick made an outstanding stick save.

Carter, who won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, scored his sixth career postseason game winning goal. When the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup, Carter not only led players in the playoffs that year with eight goals, but three game winning goals as well.

Another Canadian Olympic gold medalist scored for the Kings in game three. Mike Richards of Kenora, Ontario put the Kings up 3-0 on a goal from Kyle Clifford with 2:46 remaining in the second period. Richards, who scored his third of the playoffs, was also excellent from the faceoff circle, where he won six of eight draws. Richards won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

American Jonathan Quick meanwhile made 32 saves for the ninth playoff shutout in his career. It has been a shaky postseason for Quick, who struggled mightily at times in the Western Conference quarterfinal series against the San Jose Sharks, but a positive attitude even when times were going poorly for him, seemed to get him out of his funk.

The Kings will have a chance to sweep the New York Rangers in game four of the series on Wednesday night. The game can be seen on CBC throughout Canada at 6 p.m. mountain time.

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