Jun 9, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT
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.
Doughty on Quick "best game of the playoffs, made saves he had no business making. Stood on his head"—
Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) June 10, 2014
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.
Vigneault on Quick: "He was obviously the best player on the ice tonight. "—
Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) June 10, 2014
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:
Tyler Toffoli on Quick: "Quickie does that every game. If you watch him play he's doing something amazing every single night."—
Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 10, 2014
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
Quick had a .907 save percentage in the Final coming into tonight. He made 32 saves tonight, his save percentage is the series is now .938.—
Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 10, 2014
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.
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