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Kings legend Vachon says Quick will set franchise standard for goalies

Jun 15, 2014, 9:29 PM EDT

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When it comes to all-time great Los Angeles Kings goalies, Rogie Vachon usually tops everyone’s list. Now after winning two Stanley Cups in three years, Jonathan Quick might be the new pick and the legendary Kings stopper is just fine with that.

Quick broke Vachon’s team record for wins earlier this season and the 68-year-old said Quick might set a standard that can never be beat in L.A. as Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times shared.

“If he continues the same way, he is going to put up numbers that might take two centuries for someone to break,” Vachon said.

Quick now has 176 wins with the Kings, five ahead of Vachon. He also broke Vachon’s record for shutouts in a season in 2011-12 when he had 10. Vachon’s best was eight in 1976-77, his final season in L.A. after seven seasons of setting the standard.

As for Quick, Vachon calls him the best athlete on the team for how fast he moves in goal and says he might be one of the best athletes in the NHL. He also credits his mental toughness for allowing him to succeed.

Considering Quick is just 28 years old, he may have a few more big seasons left in him. Maybe Rogie wasn’t too far off with his assessment.

  1. 19inarow - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    For real? Lundqvist is obviously much better, as he proved.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Iam all KINGED OUT !

    • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      hey idiot … Lundqvist just played his 666th NHL game on Friday … ya dig ?

    • dbreslow56 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Much better? Who won the battle? Who won the Stanley Cup? Could a, would a, should a. Fact of the matter is that the Kings are the Stanley Cup Champions for the 2nd time in 3 years! The only stat that really matters is that scoreboard! Right now the scoreboard reads the Kings are the Stanley Cup Champions, not the NYR and Lundqvist. Frankly, I don’t think this was Lundqvist’s fault. He’s a great goalie and a class act. The team in front of him let him down. How many PP chances in OT did they have that they didn’t take advantage of?

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        Meh, some of those goals were weak as hell. Henry was not without blame.

        When it mattered, Quick made the stops and Henry didn’t.

        Bottom line.

    • Professor Fate - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      19-
      Your cocoon is comfy…until stats are introduced. Sorry to burst your bubble, but Quick outplayed Lundqvist head-to-head:

      Lundqvist .923 Save %, 3.00 GAA
      Quick .932 Save %, 2.00 GAA

      Overall playoff stats favor Lundqvist, but then the Rangers and Kings didn’t play the same opponents (and the Kings’ opponents all had their starting goalies available).

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        You’re kidding, right? Lundqvist was under seige the entire series. This is a sweep without him in net.

        Perhaps you need to reevaluate which side of the cocoon wall you are seeing.

      • Professor Fate - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        “Under siege the entire series?”

        Like in game 3 when Lundqvist faced all of 15 shots (and stopped just 12) while Quick stopped 32 of 32?

        Lundqvist faced an average of less than 10 shots more per game than Quick (38.8 to 29.2).

        We aren’t talking about the Rangers’ inability to keep the Kings from putting 194 shots on net, just the relevant statistics for both goalies.

        I know stats are difficult things for some people, but facts are facts. Quick outperformed Lundqvist.

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