It didn’t take much, offensively, for the Los Angeles Kings in game 3 of their playoff matchup with the St. Louis Blues. Slava Voynov scored about five minutes into the second period and that’s all the Kings would need as Jonathan Quick stopped all 30 shots he faced. The Blues had their chances with four power play opportunities, but Quick made sure the Kings got in the win column.
Quick went on an incredible tear last year, as he led the eighth seeded Kings to a Stanley Cup Championship. It’s that same goaltender that the Kings need to see in this round against the Blues. So far, every game has been decided by one goal. So it’s critical for Quick to be the difference maker if the Kings have any shot at moving on to the next round. The first game went into overtime and it was a costly mistake by Quick that allowed the Blues to win the game. Game two was won by the Blues in the last minute of regulation when a shot from near the blue line found its way past Quick.
These are mistakes that a Stanley Cup-winning goalie cannot be making. In game three, he returned to form and this must become the normal rather than the exception. The Kings are in no way out of the playoffs and with the win in game three are very much in a position to get on a roll. However, it must start with the play of the net minder. If the goalie from game one or two shows up with his mistakes at the wrong time, then the Kings should start planning a vacation. If the goalie from game three shows up though, the Kings will be moving on to the next round.