Richards sent a puck toward teammate
Richards promptly gathered the puck and shot, beating New York goalie
It was Richards' first goal since the Kings' Game 7 rout of the
The slump hasn't mattered to the Kings, who've received torrid postseasons from current playoff points leader, center
"Ever since I came to this team [from Philadelphia in 2011], it's always been a team that has fun around each other," Richards said afterward.
"Fun to go to the rink, enjoy each other's company. It's no different to this day. We seem to be a big family."
Williams' assist gives him a Stanley Cup Final-leading six points, and extended his points streak to five games.
Richards said Carter's game-opening goal, with 0.8 seconds left in the first period, was the game's most important, because it allowed the Kings to be more attentive to their defensive strengths.
The Kings allowed the fewest goals in the NHL during the regular season.
"When we have the lead … we play with confidence," Richards said.
Some 3-0 perspective
By winning with just 15 shots on goal, the Kings became the first team to do so in the Stanley Cup Final since the
Teams leading a Stanley Cup Final three games to none have won the series 25 of 26 times, the exception being the 1942
When the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, they beat the
Kings finally lead
By scoring with 0.8 seconds left in the first, Carter not only gave the Kings their first regulation lead since Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, but also it allowed him to join four others who scored in the final second of a period in a Stanley Cup Final.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ottawa's
The Kings have scored three or more goals in nine consecutive games, a great improvement from their 2.42 goals-per-game average during the regular season. They've scored 84 playoff goals, averaging 3.50 a game.
The Rangers moved forward
Yet, they went zero for six with a man advantage, and were blanked for the third time in their 23rd postseason game.
"Couldn't score," Coach Alain Vigneault said of his team's demoralizing night. "They found a way to put the puck past a real good goaltender [New York's Henrik Lundqvist], and we couldn't do it.
"You've got to finish in this game. It's a performance-oriented business. Power play had some looks, but it didn't finish."
Many of the Rangers were asked where this loss leaves them.
"It wasn't 3-0, but we were down 3-1 against Pittsburgh and we rolled off five wins in a row," Girardi said.