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from Rick DiPietro of ESPN,
After seven games, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick -- a two-time Stanley Cup champion and former All-Star -- has a 2-5 record with a 4.48 goals-against average and .849 save percentage. Only Winnipeg's Laurent Brossoit has worse numbers among goalies with at least four starts. Yes, it is early, but Quick's numbers have only built on his save percentage of .888 in 46 games last season.
At even strength, his .855 save percentage is only a tick better than the overall number. And according to Corsica Hockey, Quick has a .636 save percentage in high-danger situations.
So what's wrong with the veteran backstopper, who posted a .921 save percentage just two seasons ago? From a distance, there are few simple answers....
I turned to my friends at Clear Sight Analytics, who consult and provide data to many teams around the NHL and the rest of the hockey world, and asked for a closer look at Quick's slow start to the campaign.
The first thing they looked at is a base stat for evaluating goaltenders. By their measurement, Quick should have given up 21 goals in his seven games this season. He has instead given up 31, and that minus-10 differential ranks dead last in the league.
That is eye-opening, but hope is not lost for Quick. Some of the issues that have led him here are fixable.
from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,
That the Neal-Lucic swap happened, though, offers another rival fanbase hope that they, too, can rid themselves of what is quickly becoming an albatross of a contract. We’re speaking of the Los Angeles Kings, of course, who might want to start thinking about how they’re going to rid themselves of the final four seasons of Jonathan Quick’s 10-year, $58-million deal.
While Quick’s goals-against average and save percentage improved after his third game of the season, a 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, the bad news it that as we enter into the third week of the NHL campaign, the 33-year-old netminder possesses a 6.43 GAA and .793 SP. Even though that’s a small sample size, it’s one of the worst starts by a supposed No. 1 netminder in some time. And those are just the simple surface numbers. His .818 SP at 5-on-5 ranks last among the 37 goaltenders with at least three games played, his .632 high-danger SP at five-a-side is third-last among the same group of netminders and Quick’s minus-6.25 goals-saved above average is the worst among all goalies.
from Zach Dooley of LAKingsInsider,
Jonathan Quick on the team battling back
We lost. [expletive] effort’s not enough, you know? That’s a given, effort should be there every [expletive] night. We lost, so that’s how it works.
On if there are any positives to take from tonight’s game
We got one. One point’s better than zero.
On whether this is the most frustrating stretch he’s had over a sustained period of time
It’s a one day at a time job. We lost today, that sucks. Wake up tomorrow and now we’re working on winning the next game, that’s all it is. It doesn’t matter if we won the last ten or lost the last ten, it doesn’t matter. It’s a one day at a time job. It sucks today, losing, tomorrow we’ll wake up and get ready to try and win the next one.
continue for more post-game reaction from the Kings...
Game highlights below.
from the Los Angeles Kings,
The LA Kings have announed that Jonathan Quick is out indefinitely following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
Earlier this season, Quick was forced to go on injured reserve and missed five games due to a lower-body injury.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Jonathan Quick was briefly removed from Monday’s game because an NHL concussion spotter noticed he had exhibited signs of a potential head injury, but the Los Angeles Kings goaltender returned to the game moments later without undergoing concussion protocol.
Confusion around the league’s handling of suspected head injuries has resurfaced.
"I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the league," said a frustrated Quick, when asked to explain the incident immediately after the Kings’ 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs....
The Los Angeles bench was notified through headset communication by the league’s neutral spotter that Quick needed to be removed from the game, according to Kings head coach John Stevens. The league office had apparently looked into the play where he got bumped and deemed it worth of a mandatory evaluation.
The independent "central spotters" who monitor the games are looking for visible signs of a potential concussion such as suspicious movement, reaching for the head or poor motor skills.
"He didn’t want to come out. He felt fine," Stevens said.
Quick began to walk down the tunnel to the dressing room but turned around and returned to the bench.
Watch the play below or at Sportsnet...
Not your normal kick save.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Jordan Nolan from injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Quick, the 6-1, 218-pound native of Milford, Conn. suffered a lower-body injury in the Kings first game of the season, Oct. 12 at San Jose. He has missed 59 games due to the injury. Last season he became the first Kings goaltender to win at least 40 games in franchise history, breaking his own record.
Selected by the Kings in the third-round (72nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Quick has appeared in 476 career NHL games, posting a 252-162-51 record, a .916 SV%, 2.27 GAA and 42 shutouts. He holds the franchise record in every major goaltending category. His 42 shutouts are the most among American-born goaltenders in NHL history.
Nolan, the 6-3, 219-pound native of Garden River, First Nations, Ontario suffered an injury on Feb. 1 vs. COL and has missed nine games. He has appeared in 41 games this season, posting eight points (4-4=8) and 44 penalty minutes.
Selected by the Kings in the seventh-round (186th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Nolan has appeared in 287 career NHL games, posting 42 points (20-22=42) and 264 penalty minutes.
Dean Lombardi says he misspoke in projected date of Quick's return. Projecting mid-February, worst case March. Said he had trade deadline on
His mind and said March when he meant mid-February for Quick's anticipated return.
Lombardi said earlier today a Quick return would not be until March.
Lisa Dillman tweeted earlier today stating Quick had a procedure done, not surgery. The injory is reported to be a groin issue.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Lombardi stressed that this is not a short-term injury. Though the term “week-to-week” has been shared by the team, don’t expect to see him back in the crease for the home stand that opens a week from Saturday.
The injury, per Lombardi, is in the “same area” as the groin, generally speaking. The location wasn’t pinpointed – it’s not necessarily the groin, and in fact sounded as if it was in an area near the groin – but Lombardi said that it wasn’t a knee injury.
Logan Couture has a sure goal taken away by Jonathan Quick.
The Sharks did win 5-2.
from Jonathan Quick at The Players' Tribune,
There are certain complexities to the game at the NHL level that can only be explained if you’ve seen them firsthand on the ice. That’s why I wanted to write this piece explaining what makes Elite Snipers so difficult to deal with for goaltenders....
Datsyuk is probably the most deceptive player in the NHL. He’s a magician in the way that he’s able to hide the puck on his stick. Part of that is his hardware. He uses a type of blade that is pretty unusual in the league. It’s a lot thicker from top to bottom, and somehow when you combine this with his quick release and the fact that he’s hardly ever looking at the net when he shoots, it’s extremely difficult to track the puck coming off his blade.
Like I said above, 90 percent of the save happens before the guy releases the puck. Most guys have a little tell. You look at where the puck is in relation to their feet, or the way they’re bending their knees to get ready to shoot, and you just know what’s going to happen before it happens. But the problem with Datsyuk is that he fools you with his intentions. He will be way out on the wall with his hands, feet, and eyes positioned for a cross-ice pass — and it’s the right decision. It’s what 99 percent of players will do in that situation. So you instantly start cheating your eyes over to where he’s going to pass. Next thing you know — what the hell? — the puck is behind you in the net. He shot it. Who shoots from there? Datsyuk shoots from there.
read on for more on Datsyuk and other players...
Watch as Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin collides with Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and Eddie Lack thinks about fighting.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On whether he had an issue with Anaheim’s second goal:
I’m not sure who the player was, but he shoved Muzzin, so basically that’s Muzz losing a battle of inches. He’s who ran into Jonathan. Not – im not sure who it was for them. [Reporter: Thompson, I think.] Thompson, yeah. I was trying to think – it was a four.
more from Sutter post-game in which the Ducks defeated the Kings 3-2 in OT
Here is the goal in question....
It appears that Bobby Ryan, who scored this goal during the Ottawa Senators' 5-3 loss to Los Angeles, has some mitts:
Ryan's teammate, Chris Neil, did not fare so well on a hit from Kyle Clifford, suffering a "lower-body injury":
Pittsburgh, PA – St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will be coming to a breakfast table near you. Starting today, “Oshie O’s” cereal and “Quick Crunch” cereal will be available for a limited time.
“Oshie O’s” is a Honey Nut Toasted Oats cereal that comes packaged in a 14oz. Limited Edition Collectors box featuring a custom illustration of T.J. Fans can order the cereal at www.oshiecereal.com. “Oshie O’s” t-shirts are also available for a limited time.
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick hoisted the Stanley Cup last Monday at the team's celebratory parade. If you saw him wincing, there's a reason why.
Quick had surgery on Tuesday, after injuring his wrist during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings confirmed the procedure, but couldn't specify which wrist was injured.
The first stick save by Quick was on Mats Zuccarello with the score at 0-0...
And with the Rangers down 0-2, Quick stops Derick Brassard with another great stick save...
Jonathan Quick made a pair of absolutely remarkable, beautiful backhand paddle saves en route to a shutout as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 on Monday night...
But I'd argue that the Kings played so very well in shutting down six Rangers power plays and stifling secondary scoring chances to the point that had Quick surrendered goals on both of the above-listed instances, all the Kings needed was this last-second break to really put the hammer down on the Rangers;
That was most certainly intriguing. For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings surrendered a 2-0 lead; for the second consecutive game, the Kings forced overtime, overcoming both the Rangers' relentless attack and their own defensive mistakes (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene did not have the best nights in their own end); and for the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings persevered and prevailed, with Dustin Brown tipping Willie Mitchell's shot past Henrik Lundqvist 10:26 into the second OT period.
Los Angeles prevails 5-4, and now the series gets interesting: both teams will have to try to get their players to bed sooner than later as 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time flights are on the Sunday docket, and the teams will play three games in five nights, so we may see the kind of mental fatigue that played into tonight's score leak its way into regulation time action.
Justin Williams had 3 assists, Willie Mitchell had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots for LA; Derik Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh had 1-goal-and-1-assist games for the Rangers, Rick Nash had 8 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist (who may or may not have issued a Dustin Brown-style dive at one point--quite a bit of diving in this series!) stopped 39 for New York.
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I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...
But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.
Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.
Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.
This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:
Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses a multitude of topics in his Sunday column, but this one struck me as most pertinent given the fact that player development continues to evolve into a more systematic and borderline scientific practice in every "skater" position, but not in goal:
When the Maple Leafs selected Mikael Tellqvist with the 70th pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, not only did they believe they were getting the best young goaltender in Sweden, but they thought they were getting the most NHL-ready goalie.
They were correct about Tellqvist — he played his first game for the Leafs in the 2002-03 season, three years before the best goalie from that class would emerge. That goalie’s name: Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist was the 22nd goalie chosen that year, the third Swede taken: Rick DiPietro was the first pick of that draft and a goalie named Brent Krahn went in the first round to Calgary as well. Krahn went on to play one period of NHL hockey and it wasn’t for the Flames.
Lundqvist has grown into a generational goaltender and the lesson about scouting goaltenders is clear — nobody really knows.
Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph were never drafted. The Flames once traded up to get Trevor Kidd when Martin Brodeur was available. Craig Billington and Daryl Reaugh were taken ahead of Patrick Roy in 1984.
And the goalie selected just before Jonathan Quick was taken by Los Angeles: Kristofer Westblom? He spent this season stopping pucks for the Brampton Beast.
The Los Angeles Kings aren't exactly painting Picassos this spring, but their ability to rally from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits en route to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night was less than surprising...
Because, as the Associated Press's recap notes, the Kings have much more depth than those who don't stay up past 10:30 PM Eastern Time might imagine:
The Los Angeles' Kings' stunning rally from a 2-0 deficit to take a 6-2 decision over the Chicago Blackhawks might be summarized as follows (note the Chicago connection):
Recaps are rolling in presently, but the AP's missive does a fine job of covering the bare bones...
... The best being Corey Perry.
Scored tied 1-1 when Quick comes up with this marvelous save.
The NHL did look at the play and ruled correctly the puck did not cross the goal line.
via the NHL,
Daniel Clarke Bouchard from Montreal has two astounding talents - he's a piano prodigy and a goalie!
See Daniel perform on ELLEN and get the surprise of a lifetime from his favorite and player - LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
Watch the segment below...
Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 26 shots as his Los Angeles Kings defeated Winnipeg 4-2 on Saturday, but this save--a kick save made from Quick's stomach, deftly kicking the puck away from the net with his right leg--will find itself on highlight reels for months to come:
Jonathan Quick robs Tomas Fleischmann with the glove hand.
A few notes ahead of this morning's U.S.-Russia game (7:30 AM EST, CBC/NBCSN):
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Though the plan for Jonathan Quick to travel with the Manchester Monarchs this weekend was dashed by winter storms that delayed and canceled flights throughout the eastern part of the country, the Kings goaltender is ready to participate in live game action and appears to be nearing his return to the active lineup. The 27-year-old suffered a Grade 2 groin strain in overtime of a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on November 12.
“I feel good. I think the next step is to get some game action. I think that’d be the next step. So it’s up to the coaches, trainers to decide when they want me to take that step,” Quick said following the team’s practice at Toyota Sports Center on Friday.
Note, Miguel Cabrera had a grade 2-3 strain and had surgery recently to repair the injury. A grade 2 strain is partial tearing of muscle fibers.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick looks to have succumbed to the growing list of pad-shortened goalies who've suffered groin injuries, getting dinged in overtime during the Kings' 3-2 OT loss to Buffalo, as noted by NHL.com--and you'll be able to watch the video after watching some sort of stupid 30-second commercial because NHL.com believes that you should have to watch a commercial a) before every video and b) after searching for a video, before watching another 30-second commercial before you can actually watch the video you searched for:
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick left the game against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday with 1:20 to play in overtime. He was replaced by Ben Scrivens.
Quick was in obvious discomfort when play was stopped with 1:20 remaining in OT. It appeared he sustained a lower-body injury sliding across the crease about 30 seconds earlier as the Sabres rushed toward the goal.
After briefly skating out of his crease during the stoppage, he went down to his knees, bringing the Kings’ trainer onto the ice. He went to the dressing room. Scrivens played the rest of the overtime and the shootout, in which the Sabres scored twice for a 3-2 victory.
A Kings spokesman said only that Quick was being evaluated.
Via Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy, let's just say that Jonathan Quick may be the consensus pick to backstop Team USA to an Olympic medal in Sochi, but he did not have one of his finer moments on Monday night:
I've seen a decent amount of goalie stickhandling gaffes turned goals this year...Did Dominik Hasek start a school for goalies who wanted to be more adventurous and daring?
added 7:33am, Fans react to Quick's next save, watch below...
The Kings were beaten on a goal by Logan Couture after the Sharks played the entire 89 seconds of overtime on the power play. The Kings were received penalties for both hooking and goaltender interference in the final minute of regulation play.
After conceding the game winner, Quick immediately skated out of his crease and was visibly upset.
Quick was assessed a 10-minute and game misconduct after the whistle. According to multiple reports the penalties were for abuse of an official.
According to Rule 39.5 of the NHL Rule Book a game misconduct for abuse of an official may be subject to supplemental discipline.
Watch the only reply I could find of the incident and you can stop watching once you see people chasing a soccer ref.
Per Kings PR, G Jonathan Quick underwent a minor surgical procedure to repair a disc fragment and an inflammatory cyst that had formed.— lisa dillman (@reallisa) August 9, 2012
Re Jonathan Quick, recovery time is to be a minimum of six weeks.— lisa dillman (@reallisa) August 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES – The 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with goaltender Jonathan Quick on a 10-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the new deal cannot be signed until July 1.
Quick, in addition to being a Stanley Cup Champion, is also a Conn Smythe winner, Vezina Trophy Finalist, NHL All-Star and Kings MVP who will call Los Angeles home through the 2022-23 season.
Quick had a record-setting year in 2011-12 for the Kings and ranked amongst the NHL’s best in every major goaltending category. He was even better during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as he led the Kings to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.
added 4:16pm, via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Told first 7 yrs of Quick’s deal worth $7 M per year before tapering off in final 3 years to bring down cap hit ...
from Kevin Allen of USA Today,
Quick had a 22-save shutout in Monday’s 4-0 victory to lower his goals-against average to 1.36 and improve his save percentage to .950.
Quick’s postseason goals-against average is the best recorded by a Stanley Cup Final goalie, with a minimum of 10 games played, since Frank Brimsek’s 1.25 in 12 games for the Boston Bruins in 1939.
“He’s a little different than any other goalie we’ve faced so far,” Zajac said. “He plays low.”
The NHL didn’t start recording save percentages until 1968, and Quick has the best mark for that. Jacques Plante posted a .949 save percentage over 10 games for the St. Louis Blues in 1969. Plante and Brimsek are Hall of Famers.
With Quick’s play this season, the Milford, Conn., native undoubtedly has made himself a more attractive candidate for the USA’s No. 1 goalie job if NHL players go to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
“The intensity is going to be higher and the pace will be a little bit quicker. Fans will be that much more energetic. At the end of the day, though, it’s the same job that I’ve had all year and the past 15 years,” Quick said Tuesday.
“I’ve got to stop the puck, I’ve got to help with breakouts, I’ve got to talk, I’ve got to do everything I’ve learned over the years. That’s all you’re focused on going into the game: what you need to bring to the table individually and as a team collectively. We’ve just got to play our game.”
This will be his third playoff experience, after first-round losses to Vancouver and San Jose. He’s 4-8 with a 3.32 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
More will be expected of him and the Kings this time, and Quick said he’s better prepared for the intensity.
“When you find yourself in situations, it’s having confidence in yourself and knowing you’ve been there before,” he said. “The only way you could get that feeling is from being in situations like this.”
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Darryl Sutter might say simple things, but be assured that he’s not a simple man. Every coach has his own motivational tools, and every coach knows that what he says publicly has a good chance of making its way to his players’ eyes and ears. To that end, Sutter gave some interesting comments today, after initially being asked about Jonathan Quick’s uncharacteristic interference penalty in Thursday’s game against San Jose.
SUTTER: “He didn’t play very well, so he was probably a little frustrated with his own performance.”
It didn’t quite end there, though. In the recent past — such as here — Sutter has drawn comparisons with Quick and Miikka Kiprusoff, of whom Sutter speaks with great professional affection. This isn’t to say that Sutter is being dishonest in terms of his feelings about Quick, but is he saying things to try to fire up Quick a bit? Sutter continued, when asked about bad games being few and far between for Quick this season…
SUTTER: “Hey, it’s a big challenge when you play San Jose. San Jose has a goaltender that has won a Stanley Cup. He quietly goes about his business and doesn’t get much credit, just criticism. And we have one that gets a lot of credit.”
Question: Do you think he gets too much credit?
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Although Quick won’t dwell on his numbers, they deserve attention.
He is the first Kings goalie to record three straight shutouts. The last time any NHL goalie had more than three consecutive shutouts was 2003-04, when Brian Boucher recorded five in a row for Phoenix. The NHL record for the longest scoreless sequence by a goalie is 461:29 by Alec Connell of Ottawa in 1927-28, when forward passing wasn’t permitted in attacking zones.
Quick was last beaten on a power-play goal by Matt Carle at 13:29 of the third period at Philadelphia on Oct. 15, a game the Kings won 1:39 into overtime. He stopped 27 shots in a 5-0 rout of the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center, 28 in a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes at Glendale, Ariz., and 28 by the Stars on Saturday at home, working without a cushion until Jack Johnson scored on a 60-foot slap shot at 15:02 of the third period.
The last two goals Quick has given up — to Carle and to Daniel Briere in the first period at Philadelphia — were produced during power plays. Quick has not yielded an even-strength goal since Patrik Elias bested him at 13:03 of the first period at New Jersey on Oct. 13.
In my previous preview of the top goalies, I had mentioned Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Ryan Miller as my top five options. Upon reflection and much debate, I discovered many other names that could be considered top 5 (or at least top 10). Many goalies are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, since top-notch starting goalies can be impossible to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. To help you find the right goalie(s), I have provided ten more goaltending options that could legitimately fall into the category of the NHL’s better starting goalies. And I promise that there will be no commercials while you read this.
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It had been suspected Jonathan Quick had supernatural powers after his inexplicable save against the Calgary Flames last week, where the puck mysteriously changed direction and bounced away from an open net.
Quick finally admitted it Wednesday in Vancouver. “It’s no secret that I have mind control,” Quick told the Vancouver Sun.
The Los Angeles Kings goaltender was just having fun with the save he made against Jarome Iginla, where the puck squeezed through his pads, skipped on the ice and made a hard right turn. It looked as if the puck hit an invisible wall.
Quick tried his best to explain the phenomenon Wednesday.
“No, the ice at Staples (Center) is pretty soft and I’ve caught a few bounces the other way that have gone against me so it was about time,” Quick said. “I got a piece of it with my blocker, put some backspin on it and it just hit the ice and took a bounce in the right direction for me. That’s all it was.
The center ice shot by Alex Pietrangelo breezes by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Blues won the game 4-0.
Jonathan Quick stops Tomas Holmstrom on one of the 51 shots he faced tonight in a 5-0 win,
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
His 1.84 goals-against average and .936 save percentage rank among the league leaders. So does his total of seven wins….
Physical and mental stress took a toll on Quick late last season. He has looked and felt sharp, though he said he won’t know until January and February whether he will benefit from getting fewer starts.
“I do feel a bit better out there. I will admit that,” he said. “But I do think it’s the system that we’re playing in the defensive zone. Our penalty kill is playing really well. We’ve got guys blocking shots, doing a great job in front of the net. I’m getting a ton of help and it’s making my life a lot easier. I think a lot of it is numbers, and wins are showing how well we’re playing in the defensive zone.”
Today’s three cheers (despite slim pickins, what with only two games last night and all) recognizing those who deserve a nip for their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Detroit’s Johan Franzen, who opened the scoring in last night’s renewal of the Avalanche/Red Wings rivalry and later notched a second goal, as the Wings earned a point in the standings, despite blowing a two-goal lead, in falling to the Avs in a shootout. Franzen now has three goals and four points on the young season for Detroit (2-0-1).
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from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,
The physical and emotional readiness of goaltender Jonathan Quick has become an issue for the Kings. He was rested for two games last week to work on his technique and give him a mental break, but he’s winless since his return after an overtime loss to the Ducks on Saturday and a no-decision against the Ducks on Tuesday in which he gave up three goals on eight shots and had to watch the Kings’ rally from the bench.
Quick was scheduled to start against the Coyotes on Thursday at Staples Center, his seventh attempt at winning his 40th game of the season. He has two no-decisions, three regulation losses and an overtime loss since his last win, March 22 against Colorado.
Coach Terry Murray has been adamant that Quick is his No. 1 goalie and that Quick is fine with a heavy workload. But a look at the NHL’s 10 busiest goalies finds that Quick, who has gone from 2,494 minutes on ice last season to 4,128:52 before Thursday’s game, is the youngest goalie in that group. Which makes it reasonable to wonder if, as he finishes his first full NHL season, he has had enough experience to smoothly handle this kind of jump.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has played a career-high 4,041 minutes, did not ask to sit while Jonathan Bernier started and won the last two games. But Quick said Friday having time to refine his game will benefit him Saturday night when he faces the Ducks at Staples Center with the Kings’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot at four points.
“You’re going day to day. You’re taking one day at a time. Along the way you are going to feel fatigue, either mentally or physically,” Quick said. “But you just kind of every day talk yourself into being up for the game no matter how you’re feeling.
“Regardless, I think those two games off there was a good respite. Mentally and physically I feel good. I got three solid days of practice these last three days here. I feel confident about my game and I feel confident about the team’s game. They’ve been playing well.”