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Quick on opening goal flub: “I didn’t put the puck where I wanted to”

Jun 10, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils scores a goal in the first period against Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jonathan Quick is a big reason why Los Angeles made it to the Stanley Cup finals and raced out to a 3-1 series lead.

That said, he deserves some blame for the Kings loss in Game 5 on Saturday.

To be clear, he didn’t cough up this game on his own — far from it. Martin Brodeur was great for the Devils and it’s categorically unfair to pin a 2-1 loss on your netminder. Still, in a low-scoring series like this one, it’s hard to recover from any goaltending mistake and Quick’s stick-handling gaffe on Zach Parise‘s power-play goal proved to be the difference.

“I didn’t put the puck where I wanted to,” Quick admitted. “Parise got it and put it in the net.”

Here’s video of the goal in case you missed it:

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To see Quick gaffe so badly was rare, but not that rare.

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That moral of the story is that even good goalies can allow the occasional bad goal. To Quick’s credit, he put the Parise goal behind him and was solid for the remainder of the contest. On another night, against another team, the Kings might have been able to recover — just not on Saturday.

That said, Quick is excited for another chance to win it all.

“At this time of the year, you’re going to win games and lose games,” Quick said. “We have an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup on Monday.

“You don’t need any other positives.”

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    It seemed to me that in the minutes before that goal a number of players had trouble handling the puck, that it just wasn’t zipping along as it would on good, clean ice.

    • polegojim - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Nah, he partially whiffed on it. Brain fart on ice.

      As soon as he pushed it, I knew it was going to be bad. He took a couple other risks coming out of net that could have been bad.

      Jonathan….stay in goal and trapezoid. You’ve got very good defenders around you.

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