Let me start off by saying that I’m a big supporter of Jonathan Quick. I think he’s performed well for the Kings this year. Let’s be honest, the guy set a franchise record for wins in a season. That’s not an insignificant accomplishment. Other than a few weak performances, he saved the Kings in several games, and did a great job with what the Kings asked of him. I’m personally excited to see what he does when he’s challenged on a daily basis by Jonathan Bernier next year.
That brings me to the reason for today’s posting. Jonathan Bernier is playing like a man possessed, and it can only be a good sign for the Kings moving forward. After replicating the Kings Round 1 performance through the AHL second round playoffs, the Monarchs have broken the streak with a big win in game 5.
Bud Holloway was the lone scorer in game 5, as the Monarchs beat the Worcester Sharks 1-0. Bernier stopped 30 shots, and recorded his second shutout of the playoffs, and performed to the absolute highest of expectations. After Bernier scored in the 1st period, Bernier and the Monarchs defense shut the game down and made it possible for them to win the series back in Manchester on Friday. We’ll all be watching with eager anticipation to see if the baby Kings (aka Monarchs) are able to pull off the win and make it to the Conference Finals against the Hershey Bears.