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Kings’ Quick plays the hero in Game 3

May 5, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

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L.A. Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick took the blame for coughing up the puck that led directly to Alexander Steen‘s overtime winner in a Game 1 of this Western Conference quarter-final against the St. Louis Blues.

With the scored tied 1-1 in Game 2, and only 51 seconds remaining in regulation, Quick let in a softie on a Barret Jackman wrist shot that sent the Kings back to L.A. trailing the Blues two-games-to-none.

Again, Quick accepted responsibility – perhaps more than he should have – by saying, “I gotta stop that. It’s my fault. Two games in a row…I gotta be better.”

He was better Saturday in a pivotal Game 3. A loss, and the defending Stanley Cup champs would be one game away from a first-round elimination, perhaps a sweep.

Quick wasn’t just better. He was perfect.

Quick stopped all 30 shots he faced, and the Kings got their first win of the series by beating the Blues 1-0.

Naturally, Quick’s teammates have been quick to defend him. After all, Quick only allowed four goals combined over the first two games. He gave the Kings a chance to win the opener thanks to his stellar play in regulation time.

“Obviously that’s inane for him to say any of those losses are on him,” Kings’ forward Justin Williams told the L.A. Times.

“But that’s who you want as a goaltender — a goaltender who’s going to battle for you. A guy who wants to stop every puck that comes toward him. That’s what he does. In this series we’ll need him to be at his best because goals are going to be at a premium.”

  1. blomfeld - May 5, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    “Quick wasn’t just better. He was perfect” …

    Friends, there isn’t really much more that one can add to this excellent statement by comrade Tucker, other than perhaps a ‘here here’ or something eh? It’s like, no kidding he was perfect ! That’s why he currently holds the Conn Smythe trophy man ! :)

    GO QUICK GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. yousuxxors - May 5, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    quick is the true king

  3. jacketsfan7 - May 5, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    He deserves this , he had so many bad breaks. He’s truly a great goalie

  4. capsfan19 - May 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I hope he’s the one to represent the US in the next winter olympics, unless they already have the number one spot lined up

  5. 950003cups - May 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Quick is fun to watch. I used to love watching him play until he eliminated my Devils. I still watch him in big games. When the chips are high, Quick seems to rise. I hope he’s our goalie in the Olympics. Another big game performer in goal I like is Braden Holtby. Also fun to watch. But Quick doesn’t have the luxury of a good defense that Holtby gets.

    • windmiller4 - May 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Wait, did you say Quick doesn’t have as good of a defense in front of him as Holtby?? Nothing against the Caps, but the Kings defense is better. Maybe not by much, but when you have Reghier, Doughty, and Greene as your top three, thats hard to beat. Add in the Veteran leadership of Scuderi, a great rookie in Muzzin, plus someone with the offensive upside of Voynov, the kings have one of the deepest D cores in the league. And thats not even including Mitchell, who was instrumental in winning the cup last year, and a solid 7th Dman in Martinez. Tough to say theres another team in the league with the same defensive depth as LA. St Louis, is the only other team that comes to mind that is comparable in defense, both teams are pretty even in that category.

      • blomfeld - May 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        Despite being a King’s fan myself, I absolutely agree with your sober and accurate analysis …

      • windmiller4 - May 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        Now all we need is a few goals and the cup is ours again, Eh Blom?

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