Jonathan Quick just keeps on rolling.
Coming into the season, you knew the expectations were high for this Los Angeles Kings team overall, and Quick has very rapidly risen to those.
After such a hot start to last year, where many had pegged Quick as a Vezina Trophy candidate, he fizzled down the stretch. This season, he’s come back even better. Quick has yet to lose in regulation this year and has already posted three shutouts.
The more impressive part of that trio of goose eggs? They’ve all come consecutively. After stoning the Phoenix Coyotes and St. Louis Blues in the previous two games, on a combined 55 shots, Quick did it again in LA’s 1-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
With Andrew Raycroft between the pipes for Dallas, it was pretty evident who the stronger goaltender was heading into Saturday’s tilt. Surprisingly, the game turned into a duel between the two goaltenders, and it didn’t look like either had any intention of letting the puck in the net.
Quick stopped all 28 of the shots he faced from Dallas, who are off to a hot start this season, once again. On the flip side, Raycroft stopped 23 of 24, and late into the game it didn’t look like the Kings would even get that.
Despite creating more chances than Dallas, on less shots, the Kings were held scoreless up until the clock ran under five minutes in the third period. Jack Johnson ripped a shot from the point past Raycroft for his third goal of the year to give the Kings the 1-0 lead. All three of Johnson’s goals this season have been of the game-winning nature.
But of course the story of the night was Quick, who became the first Kings goaltender to record three consecutive shutouts. He also ran his streak, minutes-wise, to just a touch over 188, which set another club record.
Even when he hasn’t been putting up zeroes on the scoreboard, Quick has been brilliant for the Kings in his six starts. Half of those have been shutouts, and he’s allowed just five combined in the other three. His numbers so far on the season include a 0.97 GAA and .967 save percentage.
The Kings, who sit at 5-1-1 on the season, don’t play again until Tuesday. Assuming it’s Quick manning the crease again, he’ll look to continue his shutout streak against the New Jersey Devils, at the Staples Center.