Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick channeled his 2012 image as he became immortal against the New York Rangers.
Quick helped the Kings edge a game closer to capturing their second Stanley Cup, with a dominate 3-0 victory on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
"I don't think it would be any different if we were down 3-0," Quick said. "We're trying to win a game in a couple of days here. That's the focus."
During the Kings record setting playoff run, Quick played good, but on Monday night he elevated his game to a new level with 32 saves. He entered the game with 91% save rate.
The former Conn Smythe winner along with the rest of his Kings teammates knew they had to send a message to the Rangers and their fans.
The first period showcased Quick and his dominance while making an outstanding diving stick stop against Mats Zuccarello, who had the opportunity to score. Quick also denied Chris Kreider with a spectacular save.
After giving up early goals to the Rangers in Games one and two in Los Angeles, forcing the Kings to capture come from behind victories.
Quick outplayed Rangers goalie Henry Lundquvist in Game 3 and for much of this series.
"I don't think he had to remind us too many times, we knew what what he's capable of," Anze Kopitar said.
He's been extremely sharp at goal by not allowing a single goal in the third period or in overtime in this series.
"Quickie's been playing great for us, and hasn't had a bad game," said Drew Doughty. "He always plays well for us , and tonight he was extra, extra good, and I think it probably was the best game of the playoffs for him. He stood on his head at times."
Quick and his octopus style of guarding the goal and great vision on the ice, enabled the Kings to focus offensively, while anchoring their defense. Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin, and Mike Richards scored their first goals of the series on Monday night.
"The team played great in front of me, cleared out a lot of rebounds I left in front of me," Quick said.
The Kings capitalized on defending the power play well, crashing the boards while blocking 20 shots.
The bigger question is will the parade on Figueroa take place after Game four or after Game five in Los Angeles?