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Hitchcock: Quick is the “same as Hasek and Belfour”

May 6, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts to a goal by Dustin Brown #23 for a 3-1 lead during the last minute of the third period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts to a goal by Dustin Brown #23 for a 3-1 lead during the last minute of the third period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings completely obliterated the St. Louis Blues in this series. Not only did they eliminate them in just four games, but the Blues only held the lead in their second round series for a mere 7:42 minutes.

One player cannot single-handily provide a team with that level of domination, but if you’re looking for the MVP of this series – and the Kings’ season to date – it’s Jonathan Quick.

“He’s same as Hasek and Belfour, never quits on a puck,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It’s a very unique skill, hard to find.”

Quick has provided the Kings with superior goaltending for years and he’s certainly been clicking in the playoffs. The St. Louis Blues are, like the Kings, better known for their defensive abilities, but still have a number of offensive weapons at their disposal. That never seemed to phased Quick.

He’ll face a similar set of circumstances in the Western Conference Finals. The Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes are both defensively gifted squads and the next series promises to be another goaltending duel. We’ll see if either of those squads has what it takes to stop the red hot Kings and Quick.

  1. 2dollarpbrs - May 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    J. Quick representin” Hockey East nicely!!!!!

  2. blomfeld - May 7, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    “The Los Angeles Kings completely obliterated the St. Louis Blues in this series” …

    Friends, yesterday in my “reverse” poll, I gave the excellent journalist Dadoun a score of “9.8″ in terms of his “ability as a PHT writer to accurately report on the greatness which is our LA Kings” … so based on this article, we can now all rest easy …

    “and therefore your Honor, at this time we have no further questions” … :) GO KINGS GO !

  3. cmv08 - May 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Wow, those are some big shoes to fill there Johnny. You have a lot to prove first, such as a GAA around 1.50 and a Save % of at least .950 for a few straight seasons.

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