A fair amount of attention has been given to the Los Angeles Kings’ post-season domination this Spring, including multiple Cup of Joe posts here at Backhand Shelf. Obviously, with those posts came the frequent mention of the historic Playoffs that goaltender Jonathan Quick enjoyed.
In terms of statistics, you can make a seriously legitimate argument that Quick just completed the greatest post-season goaltending performance in NHL history.
As I’ve mentioned before, the guy finished tied for the best save percentage (minimum 10 starts) since the stat has been officially recorded and the third-best goals against average (minimum 10 starts) in one post-season ever.
And yet for some reason, I get the feeling that as time passes, Jonathan Quick’s sparkling Spring isn’t going to be remembered as it should be, as other great goaltending performances (Dryden, Roy, Hasek, Giguere, just to name a few) have been remembered over time.
I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s because the Kings, as a team, were just so damn good in the Playoffs. Maybe it’s because Quick didn’t necessarily look to be rescuing his team or stealing games that his team had no business being in, like the other goalies I mentioned did in their memorable Playoff runs.
Who knows? I just have the feeling that despite putting up numbers comparable to and in most cases better than some of the best goaltending performances we’ve ever seen, Quick’s 2012 run won’t be remembered and cherished as those others were.
I hope I’m wrong, and hope we all put what Quick did over the last two months in a special mental time capsule.
Now here are some morning links:
- Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas and Terry Sawchuk have turned in some of the top goaltending performances (NESN).
- Corey Crawford can learn from Jonathan Quick (Chicago Sun-Times).
- Why the Kings won the Stanley Cup (Hamilton Spectator).
- All 18,000 tickets to a Kings’ rally at Staples Center on Thursday have sold out (Los Angeles Times). In addition to a rally at the arena, the championship parade will also take place Thursday in L.A.
- Would Zach Parise join the newly crowned Kings? (Bloguin)
- Devils party bus rolls after Stanley Cup loss, driver tries to score some girls (TMZ). “Once in a lifetime opportunity.”
- Stanley Cup Final TV ratings down 29 per cent (in U.S.) from last year (theScore.com). That seems like a huge drop. So much for the notion that an L.A. team will always draw viewers and a Canadian team never will.
- Dustin Brown’s kids drink chocolate milk out of the Stanley Cup and blow bubbles with their chocolate milk in the Stanley Cup while wearing Spider Man costumes (Los Angeles Times). Either the best thing you’ll see all day, or the most envy-inducing thing you’ll see all day.
- Sidney Crosby, Penguins reportedly talking new contract (Sporting News). Crosby is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming 2012-13 season.