On Sunday night, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick helped defeat the Carolina Hurricanes with a 2-0 victory. This win was Quick’s 50th career shutout. It also extended his Kings’ career record and record for American-born goalies.
It was also his first win of the season, which after two months, shows what a struggle Quick and the Kings have had this year.
Going into the game, Quick was without a win, had a GAA above 4.00 and about an 84% save percentage.
In his first start back from the IR last week against the Edmonton Oilers, Quick gave up two goals in the first nine minutes. For all intents and purposes, Quick looked as unsettled before he went away with a knee injury.
However, for the remainder of the game, Quick righted the ship for the most part. While he gave up a late power play goal, Quick got stronger as the game proceeded.
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During Sunday’s game, the net minder used all of his athleticism and guile to stop the 34 shots he saw. Due to the continued scoring woes of his teammates, it was Quick who looked like a vintage version of himself and carried the team on his back. Quick kept the game scoreless up until late in the third period when he was rewarded with a Alec Martinez goal.
Jonathan Quick steps up in goal
Had it not been for Quick sprawling and standing on his head to maintain the shutout, it would have been another disappointing loss for the Kings. Martinez acknowledged Quick play after the game:
“Obviously that was a pretty emotional one. I think, if anything, you wanted to do it for Quickie because Jonathan Quick was simply outstanding.
I’ve seen that guy play a lot of really good hockey and that game was certainly up there, so if for nothing else, do it for him.”
After an emotional win like that, you could see the Kings going back to relying on Quick, but at what cost?
With his two stints on the IR already this season, the Kings brain trust has to cognizant of risking another injury. And with rookie Cal Petersen’s outstanding play in Quick’s absence, there is still a question if they should treat Quick as a back up until he is fully healthy.
All of those questions can be answered in the coming weeks. But for Kings fans right now, there is no better sight if Quick plays like he did last time out on the ice.