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Kings’ Quick ‘didn’t have to work hard’ in shutout win over Sharks

May 24, 2013, 2:28 AM EDT

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It was a shutout for Jonathan Quick.

But the L.A. Kings’ goalie, the Conn Smythe winner from a year ago, didn’t have to anything really extraordinary Thursday night.

The Kings skated to a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal, taking a 3-2 series lead and moving to within one win of a berth in the conference final.

The Sharks had just 11 shots on Quick through two periods, and 24 in total. But other than a Joe Pavelski chance in the final seconds of the third period, the degree of difficulty for Quick on this night was minimal.

“I didn’t think we tested him a lot tonight. There are a number of goalies in the league that could have performed that way tonight…he didn’t have to work hard,” said Sharks’ head coach Todd McLellan, as per a pair of tweets from Curtis Zupke of NHL.com.

There were differing opinions on that, however.

“We definitely had our chances. We’ve just got to bear down,” the Sharks’ Joe Thornton told the L.A. Times.

Quick takes over the Kings’ franchise lead in playoff wins with 27, moving one ahead of Kelly Hrudey.

He also has three shutouts in these playoffs, which is tops in the NHL.

In fact, a quick glance at the stats shows Quick the leader in three additional major categories, including wins (7 – tied with Jimmy Howard and Tuukka Rask); goals-against average (1.50); and save percentage (.948).

  1. windmiller4 - May 24, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Don’t really know what McLellan is talking about, Quick made several quality saves tonight.

  2. aldog83 - May 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Thanks for your comments McClennan !

    Just what Quick needs…..

    Motivation to play better!!!

    Go Kings Go!

  3. blomfeld - May 24, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    JONATHAN QUICK IS THE ‘BEST’ OF THE BEST !!!

    I said this last year here at PHT and here I am saying it again. Jonathasn Quick is ‘the’ reason’ why we’re the reigning Stanley Cup champions and he’s ‘the’ reason why we’re going to reign victorious yet again ! :)

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

  4. itwasafumble - May 24, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Actually, Quick is now 1.40 GAA and .955 Save Percentage. And 3 shutouts. Suck it, SJ, go Kings go.

    • hrudey - May 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      It’s scary to think those numbers are real, and yet they don’t even do justice to how good the man has been. The easiest way to look at it is that in the last playoffs plus this one, if the Kings score twice, they win: Quick is 21-0 when the Kings score twice.

  5. manchestermiracle - May 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    So along with McLellan and a couple refs we can add Cam to list of people who apparently didn’t see the game. I suppose when you’re as good as Quickie an outstanding game becomes commonplace. And Quick was outstanding, particularly in the third. After all, it was a shutout against a playoff team and Quick now leads all goalies in the top four categories, but McLellan disses him. Typical.

  6. pirovash88 - May 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    McLellan goes from saying Quick was a “very good goaltender” in the first two games to “anyone could’ve done that” sounds like the dude’s getting a bit bitter.

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