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Kings ‘have the best goalie in the world,’ says Brown

May 6, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT

What a difference two weeks makes.

After his first three games of these Stanley Cup playoffs, Jonathan Quick was boasting a ghastly 0-3 record, with an .852 save percentage and 5.81 goals-against average.

Tonight, he’s being hailed as the top goalie on the planet.

Brown’s quote illustrates just how quickly things turned around. After being lit up for 16 goals in three straight losses to open the postseason, Quick flipped the switch and has been a man on a mission ever since.

Consider what he’s done over what’s now a six-game winning streak:

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To put that in perspective — his “worst” outing was allowing three goals on 39 shots in a win-or-go-home Game 4 against the Sharks, a game that came after three really tough performances. Since then, he’s gotten better and better.

Tonight, Quick was about as good as it gets. He showed his form early, robbing Devante Smith-Pelly with an old-school pad stack:

It’s now fair to suggest Quick is taking up residence in the Ducks’ heads. He’s allowed just three goals over the last 130 minutes and has done a magnificent job in keeping Anaheim’s stars at bay — Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Bonino and Andrew Cogliano, who combined to score 118 goals during the regular season, have failed to beat Quick once in this series.

It’s the kind of performance that even Darryl Sutter had to gush over.

“The best player on the ice tonight,” Sutter said, per LA Kings Insider, “was the goaltender for the Kings.”

  1. itwasafumble - May 6, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    It’s true.

  2. canucks30 - May 6, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Pardon!?

    -Darryl Sutter

  3. blomfeld - May 6, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    YOU DON’T SAY ? …

    ___________________________

    blomfeld – Apr 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS … THE LOT OF THEM !”

    So have many a King said in years gone by and so will ‘we’ Kings say tonight here in Vancouver. Yes sir, one will hardly be able to take a step without tripping over a fallen Canuckle noggin ! The bottom is that the Vancouver Canucks are now ‘finished’ while we Kings are going places. So either they cooperate by stepping aside in-order to ‘let a King’s army pass’ or they foolishly resist and meet the full ‘fury’ of our glorious and righteous might ! The choice is yours Canuckle heads ? …

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Ben Scrivens
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Bill Ranford

    28) Phyllis Diller aka Ryan Miller
    29) Me Me Me Ovechkin
    30) Roberto Madoff Luongo

    ______________________

    As you know friends, for 2.3 years here at PHT I’ve been saying the same thing as Captain Brown so ‘righteously’ said tonight ! … in Jonathan we have the absolute ‘best’ in the business bar none ! :)

    BECOME A KINGS FAN NOW !!! … VICTORY, CHICKS, GOOD TIMES !!!!!!!!!! :)

    • restohpens - May 6, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      Oh please, the only chicks you get Blommy are the ones who come home with your mother after a hard night of bingo, too drunk to drive home, and are forced to sleep on the extra pull out in the basement, conviently located next to your bedroom.

      • blomfeld - May 6, 2014 at 2:17 AM

        ‘DUCK YOU’ LOSER !

    • namriverrat69 - May 6, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      I enjoy your posts Mr. Blomfeld. Who were you a fan of and rooting for prior to 3 years ago when you became a Kings fan and started blogging about them? Just curious. I’ve been a fan since I returned from Vietnam in 1971 and have had the privilidge of owning season tickets for over 25 years now. I am so blessed as are all the other Kings fans, including late comers who are all welcome. From you statement above it left the door open that your weren’t commenting on the Kings before 2-3 years ago. It is obvious you like to comment a lot so who were you commenting on back then before you changed to the Kings?

      • blomfeld - May 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        Thank you Nam, as I enjoy reading your posts as well … always very articulate, sober and well thought out. I came here to PHT in January of 2012 and I can tell you that this is the only ‘electronic’ hockey forum which I engage, or have ‘ever’ engaged for that matter. Personally I’ve been a Kings fan since 1973, though admittedly there have been long stretches when I simply didn’t care or I was too busy with other things in life (ie: I lived in Sweden from 79-83 where there was absolutely no NHL news to be had period). For me though, 73-76 was a wonderful time as that’s when I first fell in love with our Kings … Rogie, Kozak, Maloney, Berry, Kannegiesser, Harper, Carr, Komadouski, Goring, Nevin, etc. I didn’t care so much during the Dionne years, but then came 88 and Gretzky and man was that ever a ‘ride’ right up to our first cup appearance in 93 ! After that I was kind of ‘so so’ with things, even though I always cared. During my time living in LA (00-02) I got really fired up again, as I used to take clients to games at Staples which for me was like heaven on earth ! Then after returning to Vancouver and personal ‘sadness’ in 02, I continued to care and follow our team, but nothing ever seemed to come of it ? But then came 2012, the year our world was supposed to end according to a bunch of Mayans and lo and behold look what happened … I discover PHT, our LA Kings go on the war path and the rest is history !!! You just gotta love it man !!! :)

        *** special video selection for Nam and all other ‘excellent’ LA Kings fans ***

        courtesy of Blomfeld & Wofat Entertainment Systems LLC

  4. bencia823 - May 6, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    Quick is effective behind this D, but he’s not the best in the world at all. He has an unusual style that is built around the idea of “if you’re going to beat me, you gotta lift the puck”, and behind a team that is good at blocking shots and clearing rebounds, it works. The fact that Quick, Jones, and Scrivens all had fantastic numbers goes to show that the LA defense makes their goalies seem better than they really are. I don’t think Quick is bad, I just don’t know how you could possibly say he’s better than guys like Lundqvist, Price, Rask, etc.

    • itwasafumble - May 6, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      How many Cups have those guys won?

      • 19to77 - May 6, 2014 at 3:35 AM

        As many as Quick – one.

      • canucks30 - May 6, 2014 at 4:51 AM

        According to that logic, Chris Osgood is a first ballot hall of famer and Ilya Bryzgalov and Cam Ward belong in the pantheon of goaltending legends.

    • kingsfan93 - May 6, 2014 at 4:59 AM

      BENCIA823 – You are a straight up bandwagon fan that don’t know jack crap.

      They haven’t won a Stanley Cup or Conn Smythe Trophy or William M. Trophy

      You think to beat J. Quick to lift the puck, but that is what a lot of other players/teams have said too, but hasn’t worked. J. Quick is a very smart, competitive, aggressive, acrobatic, athletic, determined, big time gamer, and a humble guy that doesn’t point fingers in dressing room, that to yet, he puts the blame on himself. I have watched hockey for 22yrs now. I have seen great goalies an all with Belfour, Hasek, M. Brodeur, Roy, and etc… But a goalie like J. Quick don’t come around all too often.

      J. Quick has proven himself over the years even when the Kings weren’t at their best. Just look at the 2011-12′ regular season the Kings went through. To have the second worst offense in the NHL and yet because of J. Quick keeping the Kings heads above water with his stellar play in net was reason why Kings went to playoffs and team got on a roll by then winning the Stanley Cup.

      You mention due to “The fact that Quick, Jones, and Scrivens all had fantastic numbers goes to show that the LA defense makes their goalies seem better than they really are.”……

      But then what about T. Rask and the team that plays in front of him? They won Stanley Cup in 2011 (w/T. Thomas), went to Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 (w/Rask), have been in the top 6 in defense in the last 4yrs even to say, and they too gone to playoffs from 2011-present. That the Bruins are a great team, too.

      Now what about H. Lundqvist with all the help he get in front of him? They have been in the top 5 in defense for the past 4yrs, gone to Eastern Conference Finals in 2012, and they also gone to playoffs from 2011-present.

      As for C. Price. He won Gold Medal with team Canada this year of 2014. But since 2009-present, they have gone to Eastern Conference Finals, once, missed playoffs once, and for other times lost in first round of playoffs. I think he is a good goalie, but still shows flares of inconsistency throughout the season. Just seems to struggle quite a bit. To me, he still gotta prove himself.

      As for P. Rinne, I have respect for this guy. For someone that got his first actual crack in the NHL in 2009, that is now (surprisingly soon to be 32yrs old) plays so well on a team that can be better in front of him, does a fantastic job.

      My TOP 4 goalies in NHL are;

      J. Quick
      H. Lundqvist
      P. Rinne
      T. Rask

      • itwasafumble - May 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        My comment was just an attempt to be funny. I understand Bencia’s point, and agree somewhat. Certainly, Quick benefits from L.A.’s stellar defensive play (as would any goalie), but the fact is, he is still the greatest goaltender that I’ve ever seen wear a Kings uniform.

        In 2011-2012, Quick played out of his mind in the regular season and was the real reason they even made the playoffs that year, keeping the Kings in the hunt while they were struggling to score and coming together as a team. He earned that Conn-Smythe trophy.

        Not only that, but Playoff Quick is not the same as Regular Season Quick. He steps it up in the playoffs like few others. After those first few games vs. the Sharks, he is right back at the top of his game. I’d say he looks pretty scary to the Ducks at the moment.

      • machosasquatcho - May 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Wow blomfeld, you stupid trog. How many accounts is this now? 20?

        This forum is your life and that’s pathetic.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      bencia823, I don’t think you even any clue as to what you’re talking about.

      When Quick was nominated for the Vezina, his team was ranked 2ND TO LAST in Shots Blocked.

      2012-2013 – LA Kings were DEAD LAST in shots blocked.

      This regular season, they’re ranked 29th again.

      Facts are pesky things.

      • tved12 - May 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Take your own advice corn hole. The Kings were in the top 5 for fewest shots in the league from 2011-2013.

        “Facts are pesky things,” especially when you only tell one side of the story.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        bencia823, tried to make the point about the LA Kings that,” … and behind a team that is good at blocking shots and clearing rebounds, it works …”

        The LA Kings don’t block a lot of shots and the stats prove it. Pretty basic stuff here.

        The point was less easily countered than pointing out your abysmal reading comprehension.

        Fail less, corn hole.

      • tved12 - May 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        So you picked one part of his comment to tear apart as your basis that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about?

        I’m pointing out the flaw in your statement. The Kings don’t give up many shots, so there’s not many to block in the first place. Does that make Quick a better goaltender?

        You’re not actually arguing against the point (although misguided) he’s trying to make, which is Quick is assisted by the defensive system of the Kings, thus he isn’t the best goalie in the world. You’re just being an ass hole trolling as usual.

        Every comment you make is just finding a flaw in somebody else’s comment then reacting as if you’re brilliant to disprove them. It just shows us all you have too much time to troll these boards and look up statistics. Good for you, you’re so smart.

        Oh and you don’t have a favorite team so of course you’re smarter than all of us fans… Oh wait, you spend this much time on a hockey blog and you don’t even like a team? If your so smart you would take up a hobby that could actually do something to improve your life, not just putting others down.

  5. dontbsuchapuss - May 6, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    No he is a beatable goalie just watch the video he is way to aggressive and is down very early. It’s not brain surgery it’s hard to beat him if his team is playing defense in front of him clearing out his loose change.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      dontbesuchapuss

  6. mikelvl - May 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Meanwhile, in Montreal, Habs fans react in outrage that anyone dare not recognize Carey Price as the greatest goalie of all time, and burn their city to the ground.

    • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      You’re confusing Montreal with Vancouver.

      • sixchr - May 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Montreal is preparing for riots right now… it’s game 3 of the second round.

  7. rrsm53 - May 6, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    How great was he in the Olympics this year. The best goalie in the world far from it. He is one of the top 5 in the NHL but in the world sorry dont think so.

  8. wishingtonredslur - May 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Fleury robbing the Rangers after getting beat up by Columbus too, though the penguins are an ugly uniform and Sydney is tang.

  9. penvik - May 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Quick VS Fleury
    Epic Stanley Cup Final

    • mikelvl - May 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Well, a final with Fleury in it would be Quick……..thank you, thank you very much, I’ll be here all week!

      • patthehockeyfan - May 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        “And, don’t forget to tip your waitresses.”

  10. djshnooks - May 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    How’s that Olympic medal?

    D’oh.

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