In dramatic fashion, the Los Angeles Kings beat the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. We didn’t need overtime. Nevertheless, the giant Kings Crown made an appearance with Rob Scuderi and Mike Richards hammering it open and letting loose Jack MF Johnson, who scored his third game winning goal in seven games this season. This night, however, belonged to Jonathan Quick. If a one word summary were required, it would be… WOW! Kings fans have never been treated to such a display of greatness. Starting with the Phoenix Coyotes, moving on to the St. Louis Blues, then the Stars, Quick has not allowed one puck past him. That’s 188 minutes and 10 seconds without allowing a goal, for those keeping score. With this streak, Quick has broken the previous Kings record, belonging to Rogie Vachon, of 184 minutes and 55 seconds back in 1975. Yep, it’s safe to say that Quick leads the league in shutouts and save percentage. Go look at the players on the rosters of the teams the Kings have played in the last three games, I’ll wait…
That’s a ton of talent, as I’m sure you’d agree, after looking at the rosters and the stats of course. If you’re like me, at about the ten minute mark of the 3rd period, you were on the edge of your seat and didn’t move until the clock wound down to zero’s. The thing that shocked me most; the Dallas Stars are for real! These guys were feisty, relentless and didn’t let up. This coming on the second night of back to back games. Some were under the impression that the departure of Brad Richards was going to prove to be the downfall of the franchise and launch them into rebuilding mode for the next few seasons, while they get their ownership situation figured out. The players, apparently, didn’t get the memo and are performing way above expectations. The New York Rangers, the team Brad Richards chose to sign with are headed in the opposite direction after getting blanked by the Edmonton Oilers last night and have just 6 points in 6 games played this season.
Back to Quick and his record setting night. Quick is the first goalie in the NHL to record three straight shutouts since Steve Mason did it for the Columbus Blue Jackets back in December of 2008. At this rate, it’s going to be pretty hard for Jonathan Bernier to get any work in, other than in practice. Coach Terry Murray has promised to “ride the hot hand”. Well, you can’t get any hotter than Quick. It’s safe to assume that he will get the start on Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils. The Kings have a well deserved day off today and will be back on the ice tomorrow to tuneup for the Tuesday tilt.
Topics: Brad Richards, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Jack Johnson, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Rob Scuderi, Rogie Vachon, St. Louis Blues, Steve Mason, Terry Murray