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Kings’ coach Sutter defends Quick, despite OT gaffe

May 1, 2013, 2:58 AM EDT

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Had it not been for the quality goaltending of Jonathan Quick, who knows how bad the L.A. Kings could’ve lost Tuesday in their first-round series opener against the St. Louis Blues.

But, after stopping 40 shots, many of them challenging, Quick made one mistake and it cost the Kings a win: he played the puck behind the net, ran out of time and options, then coughed it up to Alexander Steen, who scored to give St. Louis a 2-1 overtime win.

“It’s exactly what it looked like,” Quick told reporters in St. Louis. “I tried to make a pass. He blocked it and scored. I don’t have an option to the left; you try to make him make a decision. And he got the stick on it.”

In his post-game comments, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t place blame on Quick.

“I thought he played a great game,” Sutter told the L.A. Times. “It’s kind of ironic the two best players on the ice were in on the goal. And even there he tries to make a play. I think Steen’s stick tapped it.”

Perhaps there were greater forces at play in the result.

“The hockey gods took care of us today. They did,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told “We played a great hockey game.”


  1. 19to77 - May 1, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    He had to play like a wizard to get them as far as they got. Yeah, he made a mistake, but he was their best player tonight without a doubt. Without Quick, the Blues would have blown the Kings away. He made some fantastic saves to keep it tied. He was easily their best player tonight.

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 1, 2013 at 4:44 AM

      luck was on his side throughout regulation. the Blues had a TON of incredible scoring chances, i remember hitting the post a couple times, kings players blocking several shots on a wide open net while quick was scrambling to get back to position, etc etc. quick should have known better in OT to be more carefull handling the puck, the Blues were all over him almost every time he tried to handle the puck behind the net. i remember we almost did the exact same thing to him 3 other times earlier in the game, only reason they werent goals was because of pure luck on quick’s part.

      that being said quick did play really well in goal, he’s the only one on the entire kings team that showed up tonight. if it werent for him standing on his head all game it could have very easily been a 10-0 Blues victory…

  2. jpelle82 - May 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    this was a great game to watch but was tilted in st louis’ favor the whole time. quick was excellent despite the 2 turnovers behind his net. couldnt believe he did it again in overtime after losing a puck to backes earlier in the same spot.

  3. blomfeld - May 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    IT’S OKAY …

    That was a tough break, though Quickie was the only reason for us even making it to OT … at least we know that our Conn Smythe ‘hero’ net minder is back in form eh? … up front on offense however, we’ve got to bring our guns to bear in game 2 in a big way … Brown, Carter, Kopitar, Richards and crew … come on you guys ! :)

  4. 950003cups - May 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Quick played his cojones off. However, that is a weakness in his game. Go back to the fifth game of the finals. The Parise goal was a result of the same mishap.

  5. kingsforever - May 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Play Bernier and Carter needs to stop hitting the post on every shot

    • windmiller4 - May 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      1. No way you put in Bernier after how well quick played, and 2. i doubt carter is trying to hit the post, theyll start going in eventually

    • 950003cups - May 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Bernier and Carter? What about Greene?

      The Devils aren’t playing. How can those guys play?

      (j/k it has all the same names)

  6. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 2, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Kings will take win the next three. Game two: LA 3 STL. 1 – Game three: LA 5 STL 2 – Game four : LA 2 STL 0

  7. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 2, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    I just saying….

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