Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and could be sidelined for between 10 and 12 weeks, casting doubt on his availability for the start of training camp in September. The Kings’ first exhibition game is scheduled for Sept. 22, a pair of split-squad games against the Arizona (formerly Phoenix) Coyotes. Quick was injured during the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the Ducks. Greg Wyshynski of the Puck Daddy blog first reported the surgery.
Jonathan Quick’s penalty-shot save on Corey Perry in Game 7 vs. the Ducks, May 16: The Kings took an early 2-0 lead, but Perry was awarded a penalty shot and as the Honda Center crowd roared, it would take only a flick of the wrist for the Ducks to get back into the game. Quick denied Perry, however. The Kings’ Mike Richards scored a little more than a minute later and Game 7 was all but history. Quick wasn’t as sharp as he was during the Kings’ run to the Cup in 2012, but he made some huge saves when called upon in ’14. This was one of the biggest.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has a fan in his Rangers counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist. Quick has won the individual battle between the standout goalies, with the Kings holding a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, after a shutout in Game 3.
“He made some unreal saves (Monday),” Lundqvist said Tuesday of Quick, who stopped all 32 shots he faced in Game 3. “I think for us to beat them, obviously, I have to play well. But in the first two games, we’re right there scoring goals. I think the big thing is to have a lot of traffic and get in front of him.
“I think L.A., they’re really good. They have one or two guys going to the net all the time. I think we did it really well in L.A. Come in front, get to loose pucks. That’s something we are going to have to try to do it. But he’s a really good goalie. I’m going to need my best to try to match that.”
Here’s a cool look from The New York Times at Manhattan Beach, hometown of many Kings players and staff: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/sports/hockey/la-kings-work-on-ice-but-most-live-on-the-beach.html?ref=sports&_r=0
Jonathan Quick’s record was a sparkling 16-4 when the Kings won the Stanley Cup championship in 2012. His goals-against average was a puny 1.41. His save percentage was a remarkable .946 and he recorded three shutouts. Was it any wonder he was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the playoffs?
Quick’s record going into his second Stanley Cup Final appearance was a less-than-awe-inspiring 12-9. His goals-against average was a pedestrian 2.86. His save percentage was a lackluster .906 and he had one shutout.
Concerned? No, the Kings weren’t concerned going into Game 1.
“He’s been fabulous,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after the team’s morning skate. “Not looking at this year’s playoffs, I look at the whole body of work. I tell Jonathan all the time. You pick a goalie in one games. I want Jonathan Quick.”
Or as center Anze Kopitar said after the Kings eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Sunday, “He’s there when we need him. I think it was about time we chipped in and saved his (butt) for a little bit, or for once. Plenty of times he’s saved our (butt).”
Jonathan Quick hasn’t carried the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final in the same manner he did during their championship run in 2012, when it seemed he could do no wrong. He ended up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Quick is 12-9 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a rather ho-hum .906 save percentage. However, he is 3-0 in three Game 7 victories, all on the road, and that is remarkable. New York’s Henrik Lundqvist is playing in the Final for the first time. He is 12-7 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. Each goalie has one shutout.
Here’s what Darryl Sutter had to say when asked Monday if the Kings’ lacked the same emotion in Game 1 of their series against the Chicago Blackhawks that they showed in victories over the Sharks and Ducks in the first two rounds:
“Yesterday? I thought we played a hell of a game. … There was one scrum. The one scrum there was, if we were moaning about calls today, the one scrum there was that we got called on, too bad they couldn’t review it.”
Sutter referred to the cluster in front of the net of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, which led to Alec Martinez’s shove of the Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig, which resulted in a roughing penalty and then a power-play goal for Brandon Saad.
Later, Sutter was asked to clarify whether he believed Bollig took a dive.
“No,” Sutter said.
Fatigue could be a significant factor in Game 1 of the series, what with the Kings playing Game 7 against the Ducks on Friday night in Anaheim, traveling on Saturday and then facing off against the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. The Kings will play twice in less than 48 hours, a tight turnaround. The rest of the series looks less taxing. Game 2 on Wednesday follows two days of rest and preparation. Game 3 at Staples Center also follows two days of rest and preparation.
Goaltending continues to be the Kings’ biggest and most consistent advantage over most teams. Jonathan Quick has played his biggest and most consistent games during the Kings’ elimination games during the playoffs. He is 6-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average, a .957 save percentage and one shutout in six games in which the Kings had to win or be eliminated from the playoffs. That’s pressure netminding and Quick has come through with strong performances against the Ducks and Sharks.
Special teams. Oh, wait, you thought this was about power plays and penalty killing? No, the Kings and Blackhawks are very special teams in every sense of the words. They are meeting in the conference finals for the second consecutive season, the first repeat appearances by the same teams in the Western Conference finals since the Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche in 1999 and 2000. In fact, the Kings are back for their third straight West finals appearance.
Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin lost an edge, fell down in the corner and lost the puck to Daniel Winnike of the Ducks, who fed it to Nick Bonino, who shot it through a screen set by Drew Doughty and past Jonathan Quick. Doughty and Quick are teammates. That first-period goal was only the first of a string of Kings mistakes that led to Ducks goals. Now, the Kings are on the brink of elimination.
A second-period penalty by Justin Williams, a hooking call roughly 180 feet from his own net, led to a power-play goal for the Ducks’ Devante Smith-Pelly. A poor break-out pass by Alec Martinez ended up on the stick of Ducks’ center Ryan Getzlaf, who slipped it ahead to Smith-Pelly, who beat Jonathan Quick on a breakaway. Another poor clearing pass by the Kings landed on the stick of Andrew Cogliano. Quick stopped his shot from the slot, but Jakob Silfverberg chipped home the rebound.
It was a disastrous second period and the Kings could not rally from 4-1 down. The question is can they rally from a 3-2 deficit in the series? They must clean up their act, which they did in coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the first round against the San Jose Sharks. The Ducks are a different animal, though.
Game 6 is Wednesday at Staples Center.
The Kings beat the Ducks 3-1 in Game 2 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-7 series. The Ducks outshot the Kings 37-17 and played most of the final two periods in their end of the rink. How did the Kings win? Kings captain Dustin Brown knows, and it’s nothing he hasn’t seen before Monday night,.
“We found a way to squeak one out because we have the best goalie in the world in our goal,” Brown said. “They had the better chances, more chances, more opportunities. Jonathan Quick just finds ways to make saves. They were all over us, especially in the second and we found a way to win because of Jonathan Quick.”
So, now you know.