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Jonathan Quick really might be a star

Dec 29, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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If I remember correctly, big-name sports columnist Bill Simmons often considers a player a star if he forces the opposing team to utter a bunch of “We had no answer for him”-type quotes. Jonathan Quick might be a star, then, because the Chicago Blackhawks provided those kinds of comments about him after he stopped all 38 of their shots in a 2-0 Los Angeles Kings win last night.

Marian Hossa‘s take, via CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers: “Their goalie played unbelievable. He basically won the game for them.”

Here is what Viktor Stalberg said (also via Myers): “A lot of rebounds were sitting there but those guys were diving and saving them. I don’t know how they stayed out.”

Finally, here’s what Jonathan Toews had to say, via Adam Jahns: “You’d have to say he had a horseshoe you-know-where on a few of those plays.”

Lucky or not, Quick continues to keep the Kings in the picture with saves like these:

Quick now leads the NHL with five shutouts, which would be solid for a full season, let alone just about half. It doesn’t look like Los Angeles will be a high-scoring team under Darryl Sutter, but if they keep up this nice level of effort, the coaching change might just work out pretty well.

  1. itsallniceonice - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    This kid is a star. I knew after watching an entire season of this kid carry the horrible UMass hockey team to their first NCAA tournament that he was something special.

  2. comeonnowguys - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    He’s got that “‘accidentally’ knocked the net off its moorings” move down cold.

  3. blomfeld - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … Jonathan Quick is “good people” … and if the offense can finally get going, then watch out ! … I believe there’s every reason to think that the Kings can challenge for the Western Conference Championship this year …

  4. danphipps01 - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Stalberg pointed out something I feel Quick is weak on, actually. He lets rebounds out more easily than quite a few goalies I can think of. The Kings are good at covering this, and when you combine that with the fact that he doesn’t appear to be anything less than great at EVERYTHING ELSE, he looks spectacular. Buuuut… well, you have to wonder if he’d look that great on a team whose skaters haven’t had a couple years’ experience covering that gap.

    I’m not saying he’s a bad goalie. Anything but, believe me. He’s superb. But I think that’s a hole that teams could exploit in a playoff series if they made a deep run. Then again… well, they’ve got scoring to worry about before that, don’t they? This was a good game. They need more like this.

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