Jonathan Quick rewrote the record books for the Los Angeles Kings during their historic 2012 Stanley Cup run. These playoffs Quick has been at times the weak link for the Kings but in Game 3 against the New York Rangers he was anything but. Quick turned aside all 32 shots and was critical in the second period when the Rangers had a wave of momentum on their home ice. With Quick’s second career Stanley Cup Final shutout the Kings now have a 3-0 stranglehold and will look to close out the Blueshirts in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
During the playoffs it looked like the Kings were winning “Tim Tebow Style” as their most important player was putting up mediocre-at-best statistics and the Ws were coming in. It was role reversal in so many ways from the 2012 run when Quick carried the team through its 16 wins; now it was the team that was carrying Quick. That all changed with his stellar performance in Game 3 that delivered the Kings to within one win of the Stanley Cup.
Quick’s play allowed the Kings to play their aggressive, ruthless style on which they pride themselves. The Kings took their fair share of penalties but Quick was their best penalty killer from start to finish as he snuffed out any hopes the Rangers had in the series. The Kings also played with a lead for the first time in the series and Quick was able to hold off this lead and make it stand after Jeff Carter’s last-second goal in the first period gave the Kings that first lead.
The Rangers, who hoped returning to Madison Square Garden would turn their luck in the series around, are now facing an almost impossible task. They are in a 3-0 hole and Jonathan Quick just played his best game of the series; their fate is sealed. Look for the Kings to finish the sweep on Wednesday and make the trip West with their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.