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Kings goalie coach: Quick’s been victim of ‘a lot of unfortunate bounces’

Jun 4, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012 and was the main reason Los Angeles advanced to the Western Conference Final last year, but he hasn’t enjoyed nearly as smooth of a playoff run this time around.

He hasn’t been bad — the Kings wouldn’t have made it this far if he had been — but he has been inconsistent. He wasn’t terribly effective against Chicago in particular, and now has a 2.86 GAA and .906 save percentage in the playoff as a result.

Still, Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford argued that Quick’s statistics are misleading.

“I think it’s just been a lot of unfortunate bounces,” Ranford said, per LA Kings Insider.

Ranford conceded that they weren’t getting big saves out of Quick in the opening two games of Los Angeles’ first round series against the San Jose Sharks, but he feels Quick rebounded in Game 3 and hasn’t looked back.

“You look at the last playoff run last year, and even the year we won it, there were some real bad goals that he gave up,” Ranford said. “He hasn’t really given up any bad goals, and that’s been huge.

“But there’s just been more this year around, and especially in the Chicago series, you had two of the best goalies in the world, and the number of goals that were scored in that series, it was crazy. You look at the bounces that happened, it was just two very resilient teams that weren’t willing to give up.”

The Kings will be going up against a top-tier goaltender in the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist. He’s the best goalie they’ve faced thus far and he’s having a far better playoff run than Quick.

The Kings goaltender is capable of playing at the same level of him, but if he doesn’t then the Kings will have a tough time overcoming that deficiency.

  1. tlndma - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    It looked to me that the Hawks thought Quick was vulnerable on shots from near the goal line. A flaw in his fundamentals perhaps?

  2. tronn25 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    You really think the guy behind the guy, who wants a contract extension just as badly as any player, is going to say his product completely sucks?

    Great reporting.

  3. McFaddensPulledHammy - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Here is why Quick was awful against the Hawks:

    – Quick gets down on the ice so pucks need to go upper shelf. Hawks shooters knew it and can get pucks there. This one is on Quick.
    – Shaw and at times Bickell were camped in front of him. Multiple times he just couldn’t see the puck. This one is on the King defense.
    – Rebound control has been terrible. Way too much garbage being left in front of the net. This one is on Quick.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Yeah and no other goalies face tough/bad bounces. *eyes roll*

  5. terrier92 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Expect more bad bounces as ice conditions won’t be ideal in both arenas

  6. gbatap - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    To call Lundvist far better this possession is focusing too much on stats and not enough on what’s happening on the ice. When they needed Quick at his best(especially round one) he was and carried.the team and I don’t think any goalie in these playoffs has as many timely saves that have swung the outcomes of games than Quick has.

  7. getadealdonealready - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Realistically couldn’t you say that about every goalie when you get down to the final 4, heck even final 8 teams? At that time in the playoff’s most teams are dialed in, therefore you need special teams, or fortuitous bounces to create offense.

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