If you ask anyone who the best netminder in all of hockey is, they’ll tell you Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. But Quick was hardly his elite self on Sunday night as he was destroyed by the Chicago Blackhawks and only lasted two periods of Game 2 after giving up four goals to the Blackhawks.
Jonathan Quick pulled in Game 2 after Blackhawks barrage. First time since 2011 he gave up four goals in playoffs cbsprt.co/14mwK5I
— Eye on Hockey (@EyeOnHockey) June 3, 2013
Quick has set the standard on what it means to be an elite netminder in the postseason and his performance last season helped win the Kings the Stanley Cup. But it’s his performance on Sunday night in Game 2 that has put the goal of defending that Stanley Cup in serious jeopardy.
We haven’t seen Quick implode like this in a long time and he hasn’t been this way on this kind of a stage for the Kings. Los Angeles’ offense isn’t the most potent of units and Kings fans were relying on Quick to carry the team and work with what little leads the offense could get him. But Quick dug himself a massive hole on his own — well with a one goal supporting role from Robyn Regehr who scored on his own net.
But the Blackhawks seemed to get some confidence back in Game 1 and what Quick’s performance in Game 2 did was not just fill the Blackhawks with more swagger but it showed them that the Kings netminder is human after all.