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Is Jonathan Quick now the best goalie in the NHL?

Oct 23, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

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Some of you might not know who Jonathan Quick is just yet. We know how it goes with East Coast bias and how the Los Angeles Kings don’t usually get prime time action on TV, but if you’ve been keeping up, you know for sure who Jonathan Quick is and right now he’s the best goalie in the league.

It might sound like a wild claim to make with guys like Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Tim Thomas out there but what Quick is doing this so far this season shows that he’s forced his way into the conversation as one of the game’s elite goalies.

Tonight, Quick shutout the Dallas Stars 1-0, his third shutout in a row. He’s the first goalie since Columbus’ Steve Mason did that back in 2008. Quick also set a Kings shutout streak record as he’s kept opponents off the board for the last 188:10 breaking Rogie Vachon’s old team record of 185:55. Quick has played in six games this year and allowed five goals. He won his 100th career game on Thursday night.

Impressive. Most impressive.

Those kinds of skills and those kinds of numbers are stellar and rare and right now, there’s not another goalie playing on his level and he’s doing it seeing plenty of rubber as well. It’s too early to start handing out awards, but should Quick keep this kind of dominating play up, the Kings are going to go very far this season.

If you’re not watching the Kings yet, you might want to start because you could see a lot of them in the postseason.

  1. danphipps01 - Oct 23, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Eh. Let’s not start asking who the best is until the end of the season. The Vezina’s not awarded for a while yet. Remember how badly Luongo sucks in October before he goes on to rival Thomas and Rinne for GAA and save percentage. If Luongo can go from crap-awful to top-calibre like that, Quick can easily cool too. He’s definitely gotten interesting, though, as have the Kings in general. Worth paying close attention to.

  2. hrudey - Oct 23, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    It’s hard to say anyone is playing better, but it’s early in the season. Luckily, the kid’s got a good head on his shoulders and is probably now giving all the credit to his teammates. The game looked like a playoff game, and it’s only October.

  3. tastybasslines - Oct 23, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    Go Kings!!!

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Way too early to saying he is the best goalie in the league. We are still in October.

    • dhudhwala - Oct 23, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      The keyword in the title is “now”. Hence, the article is suggesting that he is the best right “now”. We are still in October, yes. You are correct. That is “now”. He is the best right “now”. That is all.

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