There’s Jonathan Quick and then there’s all other NHL goaltenders. Thursday night was a vintage Jonathan Quick performance as he and the rest of the Kings combined for enough offense and defense for a 3-0 win in a tight Game 5. After the Game 5 win Jonathan Quick told LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen
We played well. We played hard, came out with a purpose. It’s not easy. It’s not easy to win against this team. They’re a great team. We need that effort, and we need more if we expect to win in San Jose.
Quick is eager to give credit to his teammates. They put the pressure on Antti Niemi and the Sharks, who for what it’s worth looked equal to the task. Quick earned a big penalty for goalie interference in the second period, which the Kings finally were able to capitalize on the pressure sustained after the penalty expired. Anze Kopitar scored just his second playoff goal to put the Kings up 1-0.
The whole Kings team played aggressive. The defensemen skated the thin line between aggressive and reckless as they often moved up into the play. But they can play aggressive because Quick ate up the Sharks odd man rushes that developed because of it. Quick made one particularly big save in the final two minutes on Joe Pavelsi’s point blank shot after a cross ice pass.
At the end of the game Quick overtook Kelly Hrudey as the Kings all time leader in playoff wins with 27. The difference in games it took to reach that milestone is staggering. In 43 postseason games played Quick is 27-16, with a 1.96 Goals Against Average and .931 Save percentage with 7 shutouts. It took an additional 14 games for Hrudey to earn 26 wins, and not a single shutout in those 57 games. Quick spoke very highly of Hrudey as a goalie and competitor, but then spoke even higher of his teammates when he said
Being able to pass him on that list, obviously it’s an accomplishment, but obviously wins are a team accomplishment, so you’ve got to give credit to the guys you played with. You’re just very fortunate to be on a team with guys that care about winning so much.
He won’t do it publicly, give yourself credit Jonathan Quick for being one excellent goalie and teammate.