With the Los Angeles Kings currently not playing due to the coronavirus, let’s take a look back at Jonathan Quick’s numbers from the 2012 playoffs.
With no live sports programming in the United States due to the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, television and sports teams are trying to fill the void with programming that includes some classic content from their franchise history, including the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings have tried to fill the void by re-airing their eight wins from each of their Stanley Cup Final wins. They started with the 2012 playoffs season and it highlights the stellar play from goalie Jonathan Quick.
Quick capped off a stellar regular season where he would be second in Vezina voting and be named to 2nd All-NHL team, by leading the Kings to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Quick helped the Kings clinch the title in just 20 games the second shortest run since the league expanded to 16 team playoffs.
For his efforts, Quick was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoff MVP the first Kings player in team history to win. Let’s revisit his playoff numbers to see how truly great Jonathan Quick was in the spring of 2012.
Quick was an unflappable starter for the Kings, setting a record for playoff goalies by registering a 1.41 GAA. In 20 games Quick only gave three goals twice, in half his playoff games Quick gave up one or fewer goals going a perfect 10 and 0 in those games.
Quick led the league in shutouts during the regular season with 10, the playoffs were no different as Quick’s three shutouts led all playoff goalies. In game three of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center, the Kings first home game in Final since 1993, he shutout the New Jersey Devils to give the Kings a 3-0 lead in the series they would never relinquish.
Road Warrior 10-1
Quick and the Kings set a record starting the playoffs by going 10-0 on the road. The Kings would not lose a road game until Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final, two months after the playoffs started.
In his 11 road games Quick had a 1.45 GAA giving up 17 goals in 700 minutes of play. Opposing fans who went to see the Kings had to little cheer for as Quick acted like a brick wall leading to the Kings setting the road record.
Quick was undefeated in games that went into overtime, his four wins represented 25 percent of his total wins of the playoffs. Again proving Quick’s cool under pressure approach, in those four overtime wins Quick gave up just six goals stopping 112 of 118 shots.
Twice the Kings won in overtime to clinch a series and his other two overtime wins came in games one and two of the Stanley Cup Final against the Devils to start the Kings off at 2-0 on their way to the Cup.
Even more evidence of how unflappable Quick was that all his overtime wins came on the road. Quick had to be perfect in a hostile environment to keep the Kings on their winning ways and every time he answered the call.
Jonathan Quick had the greatest postseason for a goalie and these numbers prove it.