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Quick wants to keep level-headed as Cup enters striking distance

Jun 10, 2014, 9:05 AM EDT

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Goaltender Jonathan Quick hasn’t always been talked about favorably in the Kings’ 2014 playoff run like he was in 2012 when he won the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he had a tremendous game last night and Los Angeles is just one win away from the Stanley Cup as a result.

That’s not enough to make Quick lose his composure though. When asked about the team’s level of confidence after the game, he said that it’s the same as it would be if they were down 3-0 in the series. He deflected the idea that, as a Connecticut-native, playing at Madison Square Garden was special to him, and flatly dismissed the notion that he can “taste” the Stanley Cup.

So was he at least excited after decisively winning a critical Game 3?

“I would say it’s an exciting time of the year,” Quick said, per LA Kings Insider. “It was exciting against San Jose. It’s why you play hockey, to play in the playoffs. Obviously nothing’s done, nothing’s finished. We still have a lot to work to do. We do know the fourth is always the most difficult, so we have a lot of work to do.”

The key there is that nothing’s done. There’s nothing to celebrate yet and while it might seem natural to be particularly excited this close to winning the championship, the Kings know they have to stay focused and they have plenty of experience to lean on to help keep their emotions in check. Not just their experience winning the championship in 2012 either, but also overcoming a 3-0 deficit against the San Jose Sharks.

They know better than any other team that this isn’t over.

  1. Professor Fate - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    The perfect approach to every playoff game no matter what the situation.

  2. phtjoey - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    The Kings winning the SC is no surprise because so many predicted the Kings will win their second SC in 3 years, and third for SoCal in 7 years. There really was no doubt that a WC team would win the championship this year. Many said that Lundqvist would have to outplay Quick if the Rangers were to win the cup. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. He’s hardly to blame for the loss, but he wasn’t great. Quick, on the other hand has been great. I don’t recall a team winning the championship that deserved it more than the Kings deserve this one. They have battled throughout the regular season, and certainly during the playoffs knocking out three western conference powerhouses. Truly an amazing feat. Well done boys!

    • blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      “I don’t recall a team winning the championship that deserved it more than the Kings deserve this one” … Joey @ Pro Hockey Talk Systems LLC

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      Well said friend and so true ! In fact, you needn’t look any further than the list of ‘all-time’ records which we’ve now smashed for further evidence of that eh ? :)

      On a side bar though, I still recall how it was the Bruins who gave me my biggest EC concerns when these playoffs initially started. How on earth Montreal got past them the way they did, still has me shaking my head today ? But perhaps it’s owing to some residual memories of what they did to the Canucks three years ago eh ? Anyway, you’re also bang on with your assertion that “there really was no doubt that a WC team would win the championship this year”. Those of us who ‘know the deal’ were already saying this last September. In fact, I recall last December at one point, how the ‘top 9′ teams in the league standings were all WC teams ! And truth be told, any one of those teams would likely being doing a ‘number’ against the EC champion here in the finals like we Kings are giving it to the Rangers, for such is the ‘superior’ strength of the WC conference today.

      In going forward now, I just ‘hope and pray’ that we Kings can continue with the ‘program’ until the very final buzzer … and God willing we will ! :)

  3. thegronk87 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Sam Rosen: “The waiting is over!!! The. New York Rangers are the Stanley Cup champions. And this one will last a lifetime!”…. oh wait….

  4. 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    “The waiting is over” was completely taken out of its original context. At the end of the game seven, there were two whistles blown. The 2nd one was with 1 sec left on an icing. Then the refs took a long time figuring out the clock. In total it was a couple mins. That’s what Sam Rosen was talking about. Not the 54 year wait.

    Ranger fans are so dramatic. Lol

    • thegronk87 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      It doesn’t matter. The rangers fans can continue to wait for their next cup lol.

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