On November 12, Jonathan Quick left a game against the Buffalo Sabres with a lower body injury. Quick missed the next 24 games for the Los Angeles Kings, and was someone the Kings couldn’t afford to keep on the shelf.
Coming into the game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, the Kings had dropped five straight games. The Canucks were getting their All-Star goalie Roberto Luongo back from injury as well. Quick proved why he is one of the best in the game as he was able to help break the losing streak.
Quick faced 29 shots and only allowed one to get past him as the Kings defeated the Canucks 3-1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The only shot that got past Quick was a wrist shot from Ryan Kessler in the first period. After that, he was able to shut down the Canucks’ offense as he made some big saves during the third period.
Los Angeles will need Quick to return back to form quickly as they try to position themselves for another playoff push. This team knows better than anyone that it doesn’t matter where you finish at the end of the season as long as you get to the playoffs. During their run to the Stanley Cup, the Kings were the no. 8 seed and they took down the no. 1-3 teams in the Western Conference before dismantling the New Jersey Devils in six games.
Finally getting off the disabled list and playing, this caps a pretty good week for the goaltender. Earlier in the week, Quick was named to his second USA Olympic team along with goalies Jimmy Howard and Ryan Miller. The games will start in early February.