LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his third shutout of the postseason, Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, and the Los Angeles Kings rolled to the brink of the franchise's first NHL title, beating the Devils, 4-0, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night to take a 3-0 series lead.

Alec Martinez scored the opening goal, and Jeff Carter and Justin Williams had late power-play goals as the Western Conference champion Kings moved one win away from finishing one of the most spectacular playoff runs in league history.

"I don't think we're too surprised," said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who has scored in every game of the Finals. "We know we have a great team in here. Before this game, it easily could have been 2-0 for them. It is a tight series, but at the same time, we are really confident with the team we have in here."

Eighth-seeded Los Angeles improved to 15-2 in the postseason and took a 3-0 lead in its fourth straight series -- a first in NHL history.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Martin Brodeur stopped 17 shots, but the Devils couldn't beat the spectacular Quick or his penalty-killers, who turned aside six power plays. The Devils must accomplish just the fourth comeback from an 0-3 series deficit in NHL playoff history to win its third title.

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"It's not the best situation," Brodeur said. "It's probably the worst situation you could be in -- no, it is the worst situation you could be in. But we believe in ourselves. We're going to compete as hard as we can, and the result will be there one way or another . . . We're just facing a team right now that's doing everything right."

After opening their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 19 years with two overtime victories in New Jersey, the Kings survived another solid performance early in Game 3 by the Devils, who had ample opportunity to take an early lead.

The Devils have been pretty good in the Finals, but nothing has been able to slow down these Kings, who seem destined to become the first No. 8 seed to win the Stanley Cup.

"We're almost where we're trying to go, but we haven't won anything yet," captain Dustin Brown said. "We know what we have a chance to do, though. Having an opportunity to win a championship here could get rid of a lot of frustration for a lot of people."

The Devils had never lost three straight Stanley Cup Finals games in the franchise's five appearances.

The Kings had to survive their early nerves from playing in front of their title-starved fans, and they barely hung on at times against the Devils' forechecking in the first two periods. They got another peerless performance from Quick, who has allowed just 24 goals in 17 playoff games -- just two in the Finals.

The Kings even got something from the power play that has been their weakest feature during the postseason, going 6-for-77 before Game 3. Carter scored his sixth goal of the postseason on a splendid setup pass from longtime teammate Mike Richards early in the third period -- and Williams followed 2:32 later with a slick goal in the slot, practically blowing the roof off the sold-out building.

Martinez scored his first career playoff goal early in the second period, and Kopitar followed about 10 minutes later with his third goal in four games off a pass from Brown.

The Kings could celebrate their first title at home, but their only weakness in this charmed postseason has been Game 4. They're 10-0 on the road in the postseason, but failed to close out Vancouver and Phoenix at home in Game 4s.

The Devils dominated play before Martinez scored the game's first goal.

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"We felt like the way we were playing, we were going to get one, but it just didn't happen," Devils captain Zach Parise said. "It's frustrating when everyone has been playing well, and we find ourselves down three-nothing."