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Red-hot Quick shuts door on Rangers

Jun 9, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT

All of a sudden, Jonathan Quick might not be so annoyed by his individual stats in these playoffs.

The suddenly streaking Los Angeles Kings goalie stopped all 32 New York Rangers shots in Game 3 to help his team secure a 3-0 series lead in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final on Monday. For all the negative attention the Rangers are receiving for falling within a game of being swept, there’s also the fact that Quick is suddenly showing the form that helped him win the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy.

The 28-year-old netminder hasn’t allowed a goal since Derick Brassard scored at the 14:50 mark of the second period of Game 2. He’s been able to shut down the Rangers through the third period and double-overtime in that contest and then blanked New York in Game 3.

To put it in simpler terms, Quick stopped the last 49 shots he’s faced. Not bad for a guy who allowed 4+ goals in four of five playoff games entering Monday’s contest.

Not surprisingly, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter described Game 3 as Quick’s best performance of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. He now has nine career playoff shutouts.

Quick’s athleticism often stands out, especially on saves like these:

For his teammates, it’s par for the course:

Overall, the American-born goalie has been streaky more than anything else. Consider how he’s trended in this postseason:

Games 1-3 vs. San Jose: 16 goals allowed, three losses
Games 4-7 vs. San Jose: five goals allowed, four wins

Games 1-2 vs. Anaheim: three goals allowed, two wins
Games 3-5 vs. Anaheim: nine goals allowed, three losses
Games 6-7 vs. Anaheim: three goals allowed, two wins

Games 1-4 vs. Chicago: 10 goals allowed, three wins and one loss
Games 5-7 vs. Chicago: 13 goals allowed, one win and two losses

Games 1-3 vs. New York: six goals allowed, three wins

It hasn’t always been pretty for Quick in this playoff run, yet he’s been brilliant during the times when he’s been on the top of his game. The Rangers have to hope that they see the “other Quick” soon, as the goalie they saw during Game 3 looked almost unbeatable.

  1. nightfireop - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    unless we win 4 we haven’t won anything yet…and the rangers have the capability to roar back.

    nevertheless, nice win tonight, go kings!

  2. 950003cups - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    I can sum this whole series, up till now, in one simple word:


    That is all….

    • biffnasty - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Good one bro. You sound pretty hip catching onto what the kids use these days (lol)

  3. canucks30 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    One of the hardest Conn Smythe votes in recent memory.

    I’d go with Jeff Carter but you can make a case for several other Kings.

    • qauzaq - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      I’d give it to Williams. JC is a good too though.

      • qauzaq - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        *good choice

    • hrudey - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Kopitar, Carter, Williams or Doughty could all win it, though I imagine Williams may well be the frontrunner just because it’s a media vote. I don’t think any of them care who gets it though, as long as it comes with a Cup win.

  4. bigblueapple - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Meanwhile the “King” put up an 800 save %. So very nice to see a selfish player fall flat on his face on the biggest stage of his career.

    • nightfireop - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      oh cmon now, this is lundqvist we’re talking about…a goalie that nearly stole game 1 all by himself. you’re selling your team waaaay too short, this is a 7 game series. i expect the rangers to come out flying and play their hearts out on wednesday…

      • cardsandbluesforever - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM

        if you’re going to talk about a selfish player falling flat on his face you should be talking about Marty St Louis.

  5. gbatap - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Timely saves. I know the writer’s on this site don’t like the timely save argument when it comes to Quick but if you actually watch the game rather then the box score you would realize the Kings would have been golfing a long time ago if it wasn’t for Quick and the, at times, spectacular stops that have saved games and often turned the momentum.

  6. blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM


    Blomfeld, official spokesman for ‘The Forces of Truth’ here in Canada ! :)

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      Forces of Truth….Orwellian indeed….or Hapernian, for our Canadian viewers.

      Bottom line is this guy has a rat mask ready for all us non-Kings fans.

  7. cutelittleguy02 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Wow ! NY Rangers are losing so bad!

  8. letsgocaps88 - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Not a fan of either team of course with the SN. But Good on American hockey on both squads.

  9. papajack1259 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:59 AM

    The goal at the end of the first at the end of the power play with 1/2 sec on the clock was a spike in NY main artery, and it was all Henri he should of had I the was way back in the net which is his style but he played poorly. I am impressed with Zuccerello and is Nash over rated or what? Wed. game will have the Rangers throwing everything at LA but it won’t be enough get out the brooms make way for the real California Chrome the Cup is heading to LA

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