Forget any east coast bias. Jonathan Quick is making it increasingly difficult to be ignored and his outstanding performance is certainly no exception as, along with Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin, Quick has been named one of the NHL Three Stars of the Week.
In mid-December, Quick was posting a record that wasn’t anything spectacular. That surely cannot be put on Quick’s shoulders as, through all of his team’s struggles thus far, he has been consistently on top of his game and easily making a name for himself in many mid-season Vezina discussions.
This past week, Quick went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and have the Kings currently sitting atop the Pacific division with 44 points. Quick helped shut down the Phoenix Coyotes on the 26th but it was his play in the latter two that shows everyone around the league just how valuable he is to his team.
On the 28th, the Kings visited Chicago to face the West-leading Blackhawks, a team they have not beaten since November 2009. Whoever thought the Hawks would continue their dominance over Los Angeles was sorely mistaken as Quick was outstanding, stopping all 38 faces he faced to earn his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.
Then, on New Year’s Eve, the Kings hosted the Northwest-leading (and defending West champs) Vancouver Canucks. There’s never been any love lost between these two clubs and it did not disappoint, proving to be a chippy, penalty-laden night. Quick and the Kings though got the last laugh as #32 was key, stopping 27 of 28 shots en route to Los Angeles’ 4-1 win.
Quick’s record is now 17-10-5 with 2.05 GAA and a .931 save-percentage. If I said it once, I’ll say it again: As bad as the Kings look some nights, I never have to worry about Jonathan Quick.
He certainly continues to prove that night-in, night-out. Congratulations to Mr. Quick on the recognition. It’s well-deserved.
Photo: Courtesy of Associated Press