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Quick posts NHL-leading 10th shutout in key win for Kings

Apr 3, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 2: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings makes the save against the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center on April 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings improved their chances of winning the Pacific Division and Jonathan Quick posted his NHL-leading 10th shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Kings outshot Edmonton 28-14 through 40 minutes, but they had trouble finding the back of the net with Jeff Carter (ankle) out of the lineup. Finally, Slava Voynov launched a one-timer that beat Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk just 34 seconds into the third period. Dwight King added an insurance goal for the Kings roughly 17 minutes later.

Quick has now allowed just two goals in his last four starts, although that feat is slightly less impressive when you factor in that he’s only faced 77 shots over that span. Two of those games have been against the Oilers, who have no shot of making the playoffs, and the slumping Calgary Flames. The Kings defense has done a great job of limiting those teams shots on goal and helping their goaltender.

All the same, Quick has to be seen as a serious contender for the Vezina Trophy. His GAA is second only to Brian Elliott, who started in about half as many games, and his save percentage ranks fourth in the list, just slightly below Henrik Lundqvist.

From a team perspective, the Los Angeles Kings now have a two-point lead over the Phoenix Coyotes in the race for the Pacific Division title, but the Kings have also played in one more game. Phoenix can maintain pressure on the Kings by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

The San Jose Sharks are also still a serious threat to win the division. They can pull within one-point of the Kings by beating the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. The Sharks and Kings will then finish the season with a home-and-home series against each other.

This was Edmonton’s last chance to complicate a team’s playoff aspirations. They will play against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday in a game that won’t mean much to either squad. Edmonton will then finish their season in Vancouver on Saturday in a contest that might determine if the Vancouver Canucks secure the first seed and, possibly, even their second straight Presidents’ Trophy.

  1. ron05342 - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    The Kings rank second in defense in the NHL, something that has been consistent all year long.

    I’m not sure why that great defense should cause you to think Quick’s performance has been “slightly less impressive.” Calgary was fighting hard for a playoff spot at the time and Edmonton’s goalie was standing on his head last night.

    Just because Oilers “have not shot at making the playoffs,” doesn’t mean that they weren’t trying…did you even watch the game last night?

    • oside760 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      “did you even watch the game last night?” obviously not. oilers played hard

  2. mcmurphy22 - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    J Q from the zoo, representing Umass Amherst, big ups.

  3. blomfeld - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    “Quick has to be seen as a serious contender for the Vezina Trophy” …

    Ya think ? … and how about Darryl Sutter for “Coach of the Year” too ! :)

    The bottom line friends is that we’re now on a roll, hitting our stride at just the right time. We completely control our own destiny, going into our final two games of the year against San Jose more determined now than ever ! Our zeal for victory is second to none and therefore “Sisters Schmisters” we say ! We couldn’t care less if Vancouver brings another 100 x identical Sedin clones out of the closet … we’s a com’n fur ya !

  4. oside760 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    KINGS!!!!!!!!!! QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STANLEY CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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