Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick had his best game of the NHL finals, making 32 saves to put the Kings on the cusp of another Stanley Cup with a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 3.
Los Angeles escaped with two overtime wins at home and then took complete command inside Madison Square Garden to take a 3-0 series lead.
The Kings took their first in-game lead in the series when Carter scored with 10th of the playoffs on Los Angeles' fifth shot.
Carter came in and snapped a hard drive that clipped the skate of diving defenseman Dan Girardi in front of Lundqvist and caromed inside the right post with 0.7 seconds on the clock.
The Rangers led 2-0 in each of the first two games but couldn't hold on.
Rangers' form inconsistent
Playing with the lead didn't work for New York in LA. The Rangers' early 2-0 lead in the series opener became a 3-2 loss when Justin Williams scored in overtime.
They held three two-goal leads in Game 2, only to be thwarted when Kings captain Dustin Brown won it in double overtime.
Quick had plenty of support in front of him to post his second shutout in these playoffs and ninth overall in the postseason.
Muzzin made it 2-0 at 4:17 minutes of the second after former Rangers forward Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar worked the puck up the right wing wall to Muzzin at the point for a shot that struck New York's Martin St. Louis and found its way past Lundqvist.
Richards finished a 2-on-1 with Trevor Lewis when his attempted pass across bounced back to him off defenseman Ryan McDonagh and was put it with 2:46 minutes left in the second.