There’s no arguing the fact that Jonathan Quick is one of the great players in this league right now. Despite an inconsistent regular season, the Los Angeles Kings netminder is one of the best players at his position, as well as one of the top players in the league overall.
But this postseason has seen a bit of the shine come off of his otherwise sterling reputation, as he’s had a difficult time maintaining his composure throughout these Stanley Cup Playoffs. That has come particularly in his series against the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks have repeatedly accused Quick of embellishment in order to gain calls. T.J. Galiardi called out Quick specifically, citing both his alleged embellishment and his desire to gain calls from the officials, which has been to no avail to this point.
We’ve seen Quick lose his composure under several circumstances, including Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, a game in which the Sharks won in overtime. He received a game misconduct for going after an official after the Sharks scored the game-winner in the extra frame.
Quick and Galiardi had an issue as well in Game 4. That tilt also saw Quick do something that he’s done several times during this series, get a little wild with his glove. He gave Tommy Wingels a nice shot to the face at one point in a scrum around the net.
What Quick’s antics during this series are doing are taking what fans of the Kings already know to a national stage. He’s a fiery guy, regularly jawing at officials, getting involved in the scrums down around the crease, and breaking his stick. But he’s going to have to manage that better and keep his composure if the Kings are going to manage to escape this series against San Jose.