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Is Jonathan Quick Outplaying Henrik Lundqvist?

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daliy News,

The Rangers can lament their inability to score in overtime all they want. Their downfall through Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final has been their defense, not their offense.

Still, despite their inconsistent puck management and selective discipline from the neutral zone back, the Blueshirts should have landed at Westchester County Airport on Sunday afternoon with at least a split heading into Game 3 on Monday night at the Garden.

Instead, they trail two games to none, and Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is the reason why.

Quick may not be responsible for scoring any of L.A.’s eight goals to overcome four separate two-goal deficits through two matches. He also has been downright ordinary at early points of both games, particularly in the first 34:50 of Game 2, when the Rangers rattled off four goals for a 4-2 lead.

However, once Quick’s teammates have begun their adrenaline-packed comebacks, the Milford, Conn., product has completely shut the door, while pucks zip or deflect past Henrik Lundqvist on the other end.

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pautna's avatar

Well, so far the Prince has proven to be a better whiner and complainer than Quckie. http://video.rangers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=624122

Posted by pautna on 06/09/14 at 09:38 AM ET

SnLO's avatar

Quick: 6 goals allowed, 2 wins
Lundqvist: 8 goals allowed, 0 wins

I’d say, yeah, Quick is outplaying Lundqvist.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 06/09/14 at 10:17 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

Quick: 6 goals allowed, 2 wins
Lundqvist: 8 goals allowed, 0 wins

I’d say, yeah, Quick is outplaying Lundqvist.

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 06/09/14 at 11:17 AM ET

We’re just going to ignore the 87-65 shot differential?  The .923 save percentage for Lundqvist and .919 for Quick?  The vastly better team playing in front of Quick?  The closeness of both games in a series predicted by many to be a 5 game blowout?

The home team has won two games.  Now New York gets the last change and faceoff advantages.  If Quick continues to perform just slightly worse and the Kings continue to win then this might be a discussion.  Right now it’s pretty laughable.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/09/14 at 02:24 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

We’re just going to ignore the 87-65 shot differential?  The .923 save percentage for Lundqvist and .919 for Quick?  The vastly better team playing in front of Quick?  The closeness of both games in a series predicted by many to be a 5 game blowout?

yep

At the end of the day, the team with the most goals wins; first team with four victories wins the cup. The job of the goalie is to not allow goals, not make saves. Saves happen to be a by-product of not allowing goals. So the goalie allowing the fewer goals in each game is outplaying the goalie allowing more goals. Allowing fewer goals contributes to winning the game. This could still be a five game blow-out, doesn’t matter that the games are close: a win is a win irrespective of goal differential. You can be impressed however makes you feel good, but the bottom line is that to this point Quick has done just enough to outplay Lundqvist. That doesn’t mean the trend cannot be reversed. That is why they play the game.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 06/09/14 at 02:52 PM ET

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