Apr 30, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32, right) celebrates with defenseman Alec Martinez (27) after game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. The Kings defeated the Sharks 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Quick's Revival Raises LA's Cup Chances


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After an abysmal start to the postseason, Jonathan Quick is back in star form. Despite being only two years removed from a Stanley Cup Championship, the Kings were down 0-3 in their first-round series against San Jose and were on the verge of being swept out of the playoffs. That’s when the L.A. net minder found his touch once again and helped the Kings pull off a feat that only three other teams had been able to accomplish in NHL history. They stormed back to win the next four games of the series, completing a ‘reverse sweep’. After allowing 16 goals on 108 shots and posting a 5.87 GAA through the first 3 games of the series, Quick was able to find his magic touch and hold the Sharks to 5 goals on 135 shots throughout the next 4 games, all of which were won by the Kings.

The L.A. Kings have won their last 5 games in a row and Jonathan Quick’s great play has been a huge part of it. Throughout those 5 games, Quick has a GAA of 1.40 and a SV% of 0.958, which is what’s expected of him after winning the William M. Jennings Trophy by giving up the fewest goals in the league during the regular season. You have to have confidence in your goaltender in order to win games, and L.A. has that now. The first goal of the second-round series between the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks was scored by Alec Martinez, a defenseman. Martinez was able to jump into the play and score that goal because he knows that he has a great goalie behind him who can make a save if a mistake was made.

Over the last few games, Jonathan Quick’s play has been similar to his play in 2012, the year he led L.A. to the Stanley Cup. Because of this, the odds for a cup run this year have gone way up from when they were down 3-0 to the Sharks in round 1. But in order to make it back to the finals, Quick needs to keep up his stellar play and the rest of the team needs to continue playing the way they did in the last 4 games of the first round.

 

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