Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Quick Stakes Kings to 2-0 Series Lead

Jonathan Quick looks a lot better lately, doesn't he?

The former UMass netminder surrendered 16 goals in his first three Stanley Cup Playoff games this spring, all losses to the San Jose Sharks. Since then he's posted six straight wins and given up just eight goals in that span.

The Kings rebounded against San Jose to become just the fourth team in NHL history to win a best-of-seven series after trailing, three games to none. Quick allowed just five goals in the final four meetings with the Sharks, including just two scores in the last two contests.

He made 36 saves last night in Anaheim as the Kings claimed a 3-1 victory and took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series with the Ducks, which now shifts to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4. The winner will face the victor in the Minnesota-Chicago series. Quick made 33 stops in a  3-2 overtime triumph at Anaheim in Game 1 on Saturday.

Quick, who prepped at Avon Old Farms (Conn.) and won 53 games there before enrolling at UMass, led the Kings to their first Stanley Cup title in 2012, as he finished 16-4 that year and also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the top player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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