Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Quick’

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If you pay attention to most hockey media, you’re hearing names like Jonathan Toews and Henrik Lundqvist as mid season frontrunners for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the National Hockey League’s MVP. By definition, the Hart Trophy is to be awarded to “the player adjudged most valuable to his team”. While a strong argument could be made for the aforementioned Toews and Lundqvist, I can think of one guy who eclipses both in value to their team. Just one problem: Most hockey writers are in bed before his team plays their home games.

In my mind, it’d be difficult to say there’s anybody more valuable to their team than Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. At press time, the Kings sit just two points out of first place in their division (and 3rd overall in the West). Quick has posted 20 of the teams 23 wins, and sits in the top 5 in the NHL in goals against average (1.95), save percentage (.934), wins (20) and leads the entire league in shutouts with 6 – 3 of those coming consecutively back in October. And he’s done it all behind the lowest scoring team in the entire league.

Quick has given up 2 goals or less in 24 of his 39 starts. He hasn’t allowed more than 4 goals in a single game even once this season. He has 12 wins in games where the Kings have scored two goals or fewer. No goalie in the league is under more pressure to perform on a nightly basis.

He’s one of the league’s absolute best goalies, and at this point, probably the frontrunner to start in goal for the US at the 2014 Winter Olympics (provided NHL players are allowed to play).

It’s certainly possible, given their talent laden roster, that LA will increase their scoring before the season ends. Dean Lombardi has built a stable of young defenders that will carry high value on the trade market, and he will likely deal for a sniper on or before the trade deadline. That said, if the Kings meager offensive output continues and the team wins their division (highly possible if not likely), I don’t think that any other player in the league can be said to have been as valuable to his team.

Let’s just hope some of the hockey media decide to stay up and watch.

JS

Shutout King

Posted: October 25, 2011 by goaliesgetmorebetches in Los Angeles Kings
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Jonathan Quick.

On Saturday night, October 22nd, history was made for the Los Angeles Kings. Goalie Jonathan Quick recorded his third consecutive shutout victory for the Kings in a 1-0 triumph over division rival Dallas. His steak of 188 minutes and ten seconds without allowing a goal is the longest in team history, eclipsing Rogie Vachon’s previous record of 184minutes and 55 seconds established in 1975. Quick also becomes the first NHL goalie to earn 3 straight shutouts since Columbus’ Steve Mason in 2008.

Quick’s streak began on October 18th in Los Angeles, the Kings’ home opener against the St. Louis Blues in which Quick stopped 26 en route to a 5-0 win. Two nights later in Phoenix, Quick stopped 28 in a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes, a tight checking affair where some big saves, particularly late in the game, were the difference. Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Dallas was a goaltending duel between Quick and Stars’ goalie Andrew Raycroft, a game in which Dallas outshot the Kings and Quick made Jack Johnson’s lone goal with 4:58 remaining hold up.

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Revenge Is a Dish Best Served On Ice

Posted: October 16, 2010 by goaliesgetmorebetches in Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks
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Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo sobs after the Kings' Justin Williams scores.

Kings celebrate Justin Williams' 2nd period goal in the corner as Roberto Luongo sobs. (Image: Getty)

 

Back in April, the Vanouver Canucks ended the Kings’ hockey season by defeating them 4 games to 2 in their first round playoff series. Along the way, the Canucks and many of their fans became mortal enemies of the LA faithful. First their was the blatant disrespect handed down from Vancouver press toward the Kings. Second was Canucks’ fans whining about officiating and even going so far as to propose conspiracy theories about the NHL “not wanting a Canadian team to win” simply because off ice officials made a CORRECT call about a deliberate kicking motion. Then it was Alex Burrows’ dirty antics and Roberto Luongo flopping to the ice like he’d been shot with a 12 gauge every time a King forward got within two feet of him.

If I haven’t made it clear by now, I’m still bitter about that loss. A couple of bounces go the other way and the Kings win that series in 5 games. Even so, they gave the Canucks all they could handle and came up short in the end. I want revenge. The team wants revenge. If you’re a Kings’ fan reading this, I’d bet money you want revenge too.

The Kings have played two solid games against the Canucks this season, and have won both. Last Saturday’s season opener was a 2-1 shootout victory in which Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson absolutely torched Luongo in the shootout and Jon Quick slammed the door on Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler. Quick was the first star of that contest.

Friday night in LA, the Kings again bettered Luongo. While LA managed only 19 shots against Luongo, they scored on four of them. Vancouver outshot the Kings 26-19. The low shot total was indicative of two quality defenses, the difference being the Kings got clutch goaltending from Quick while Luongo was less than stellar.

 

Jon Quick makes one of 25 saves against Vancouver (Image: AP)

 

Speaking of Quicker, he’s been the #1 star in all three of his starts this season. He’s currently 3-0-0 with a paltry 1.0 goals against average and a save percentage of .963. He looks more focused and refined, and his play has been nothing short of dynamite. Quicker came to camp 15 pounds lighter and in better shape. I don’t think you can understate the effect of Jonathan Bernier’s graduation to the NHL on Quick. When the two were teammates in Manchester 3 seasons ago, Quick rose to the occasion. This year, the same is happening early on. You could easily argue that Quick has been the best goalie in the entire National Hockey League during this first week of the season. I’d take him over Roberto Luongo right now, without thinking twice.

So, the Kings have earned no worse than a season split with the hated Canucks. I wonder if the Vancouver papers are still calling the Kings “lucky” and “inferior”?

The real opportunity for revenge, will come in April once the postseason starts. I expect both to be division winners, but we could see a Kings-Canucks matchup in round two. It’s a long ways off yet, but I wouldn’t bet against the Kings right now.

I have a feeling next time these two conduct a post-playoff series handshake, it won’t be the Kings heading home to play golf.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and what’s colder than serving it on ice?

GO KINGS!