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Quenneville doesn’t see many ways to beat Quick

Jun 1, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 1: Goalie Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings catches the puck as Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks watches in the background in Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on June 01, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick had an amazing .946 save percentage in the 2012 playoffs and he’s been just as good in 2013.

So how do you beat a guy that stops almost everything he sees? Crowd the Kings’ zone and fire at him until something finally works.

“The volume and traffic of shots is the only way to get to this guy,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said in his postgame press conference.

Chicago employed that strategy tonight, firing 36 shots on goal and got just enough success to eke out a victory.

That’s not exactly a new concept and obviously it’s easier said than done, but how to beat Quick in the playoffs has been an ongoing question. San Jose tried getting rough with the 27-year-old goaltender to get under his skin.

Quick responded by stopping 25 of 26 shots in Game 7 of the second round.

He’s not unbeatable, but as long as he’s playing like this, the opposition’s margin for error is slim.

  1. alexbaymac - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    He was great tonight. I was so glad the Hawks were able to get two on him to be able to get the win. When the Kings went up first, I thought this might be over because Quick has been so good. Great win, boys! Seven more to go !!!

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