The storylines in the NHL post-season thus far have been plentiful. Between all the Game 7s, the comebacks, the suspensions and the upsets, I guess it's easy to skip over the fact that Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick
is knocking on history's door.
He was so good in last year's playoffs that maybe we've come to expect this from him, but what he's doing this year is nothing short of incredible and it should be properly acknowledged.
Here are three things about Quick that all hockey fans should know.1. Back-to-back Conn Smyth trophies is a definite possibility
Last year, after the Kings won the Stanley Cup and Gary Bettman was standing next to the Conn Smythe trophy, ready to make the announcement of the winner, I kind of felt like I was watching The Sixth Sense
after someone told me Bruce Willis was dead. We all knew Quick was going to win it
because he had been spectacular throughout the entire post-season and had the numbers to prove it.
Here we are again with L.A. in the conference finals and he is topping the list for possible winners. Only two players have ever won the award twice in a row: Bernie Parent in 1974 and '75, and Mario Lemieux in 1991 and '92. In fact, Quick could become just the sixth player in history to win the award multiple times and could put himself one behind Patrick Roy for the all-time lead. Oh, and all of the players that have won this award on multiple occasions also have one other thing in common -- they have a plaque with their picture on it in a certain building in Toronto.2. His playoff numbers are comparable to last year's
Last year Quick's post-season GAA was 1.41. He presently sits at 1.50. Save percentage? He is just .02 worse than last year and he has already matched last year's shutout total with three. The only stat that looks different is penalty minutes. He was an angel in 2012 with zero PIMs. This year he has 14. Goon! 3. He's doing it will little to no goal support
Take this into account: There have been 16 goalies who have won a Conn Smythe Trophy. Fifteen of those winners had their teams score more than two goals per game in the playoffs. I'm not taking anything away from their accomplishments, but it should go without saying that when your team scores, it makes your job a bit easier. The only goalie who didn't get at least two goals of support was Jean-Sebastien Giguere in 2003, who saw his Ducks teammates average just 1.9 goals per game. The Kings scored 14 goals in their seven-game series with the Sharks
and 26 goals in 13 post-season games. I hope you don't need to pull out a calculator to figure out that's just two goals per game.
So if the Kings keep winning in the same fashion we have seen so far, Quick can put his name among some greats, and can probably add another title to his name: Best goalie on the planet.
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