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Ducks want to ‘get in [Quick's] eyes, get in his head’

May 7, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

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Jonathan Quick has stopped 69 of the 72 shots Anaheim’s fired on net thus far, good for a .952 save percentage.

In order for that last number to fall, the Ducks say they’ll have to try something different.

“He’s seeing a lot of pucks. We need to get in his eyes, get in his head a bit,” forward Patrick Maroon said, per the L.A. Times. “We need to crash and bang, go to the net. We need all 20 of us. It’s what we’ve been doing all year. I think we have the character to do that.”

Anaheim, down 0-2 in its second-round series with Los Angeles after dropping both home games at the Honda Center, is a desperate team heading into Staples on Thursday. Game 3 is a virtual must-win and, to get it, the Ducks might turn to a strategy employed by the Sharks in Round 1 — jostling Quick whenever possible.

Mike Brown was the main instigator in the early part of the series, twice sending Kings players into Quick in the opening two games.

From CSN Bay Area:

For the second straight game, Brown shoved a Kings player into Jonathan Quick, this time sending Tyler Toffoli flying into the crease in the first period.

“That’s the way I have to play. I didn’t think he was next to the goalie,” Brown said of the play. “I think Quick just fell back. Nothing intentional. I obviously want to get in and kind of rattle him, but it was nothing intentional. Just playing the hockey game.”

And here’s the second, the aforementioned Toffoli shove:

Getting in Quick’s kitchen — or, at least attempting to — was San Jose’s M.O. throughout the series, and you can certainly question the strategy given the Sharks underwent one of the biggest collapses in Stanley Cup playoff history.

What’s interesting to note is how Quick responded. He seemed to get sharper as the series went along and actually began physically responding to the bumps and jostling, most notably versus Joe Thornton in Game 6:

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf didn’t specifically call for his teammates to get in Quick’s head, but did acknowledge more traffic in front of goal was needed.

“We’ve got to get bodies in front of him,” Getzlaf said, per the Los Angeles Daily News. “Last game, I didn’t think we did as good a job as Game 1. (Monday) night, he saw a lot of the pucks and there wasn’t that many opportunities after that.

“If he sees the puck, he’s going to catch it nine times out of 10.”

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Get into Quick’s head? Ha-ha! Quick (and the rest of the Kings) are in the Ducks’ heads. Saying it out loud, Maroon, doesn’t make it so. Goofball.

    And, ask Corey Perry what it’s like to crash the net. Quick got two minutes for how he treated Perry’s unwelcome arrival.

    The Ducks can squirt water into gloves all they want, they can talk about getting into Quick’s head. Bottom line – the Kings have their act together, and all Anaheim’s off-the-ice attempts to beat the Kings just won’t work. They need to beat the Kings on the ice – and, I don’t see that happening.

    P.S. John Lennon would be proud of the Ducks and their Mind Games.

    • areaman714 - May 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Ok. The Ducks are playing the Quicks, not the Kings. The Ducks have played better in just about every other aspect of the first two games. I think the Ducks should put a sacrificial lamb on the ice and run Quick. His team mates have a history of wussing out when challenged. Hope I SPELT everything correctly . . .

      • dannymac17 - May 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        You’re right. Although, one area they havent played better in is putting the puck IN THE NET.

      • areaman714 - May 7, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        That was implied by saying they were playing the Quicks, no?

    • blomfeld - May 7, 2014 at 10:59 PM

  2. suesawicki2000 - May 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Hey Maroon, in case you haven’t noticed, the Sharks are out. Your fans have already copied the stupid Sharks chant “Beat LA”. Now you want to copy the Sharks so called game strategy. Go ahead, we will be more than happy to win 4 straight.

    Stop with all the dirty attempts, and try playing hockey, or maybe the quackers don’t really have that skill after all.

    • areaman714 - May 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Actually, it is a Boston Celtics fans chant . . . new to sports?

      • classicdbrown - May 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Who watches basketball?

      • suesawicki2000 - May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Is that your best comment? I know it’s from the celtics, from the 80’s got anything else?

      • areaman714 - May 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Then why did you say it was the Sharks chant? Many teams have chanted that throughout the decades . . .

    • blomfeld - May 7, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      you tell ‘em Sue !!!!

  3. classicdbrown - May 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I’m pretty sure the Ducks need to score more goals to get in his head.

    • nightfireop - May 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      and all we need is a glove dryer.

  4. jmsalsa - May 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Every year teams try to “get in Quick’s head.” It doesn’t work. Quick is like the Hulk – you won’t like him when he’s angry.

    On a serious note though – “getting in Quick’s head” just means getting him involved in the game. Quick is at his best when he’s active. He’s way better on a 50 save night than a 20 save night. Trying to agitate him only helps him have a better feel for the game.

  5. pop562 - May 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    But wait, the Kings aren’t the best defensive team in the league right? So them winning games because of their defense and their goalie must be a hoax. The kings are hot right now and they love playoff hockey. Get ready for these road warriors to make more noise one game at a time.

  6. gbatap - May 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I thought they were trying to use his aggressive play against him? Now they want to get in his face and in his head?

  7. erinogirl123 - May 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    The only way I see them getting into Quick’s head is to put on Team Canada jerseys.

  8. blomfeld - May 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    ‘DUCK’ YOU MAROON ! … SERIOUSLY

    What a joke ! … so now the Quacks are going to ‘try’ and get into comrade Quick’s head ? Yeah right, just like some miserable ant is supposed to have a chance under the tracks of a 60 ton ‘King’ Tiger main battle tank ! The bottom line is that the only thing which enters Quick’s head are ‘ardent’ visions of glorious victory ! … and the same goes for the rest of our 20 x man ‘shock’ unit. You know friends, when this series started, I almost had an ‘apathetic’ sentiment towards this seemingly harmless and ‘well-intentioned’ franchise from Orange County. Today however, I can say quite ‘unequivocally’ that these people make me positively ill ! … and the sooner we eliminate these ‘ersatz’ clowns the better !

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Jonathan Bernier
    4) Ben Scrivens
    5) Cory Schneider

    1678) William Conrad
    1679) Jonas Hiller
    1680) Birdie Kim

    GO KINGS GO !!! .. TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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