If I remember correctly, big-name sports columnist Bill Simmons often considers a player a star if he forces the opposing team to utter a bunch of “We had no answer for him”-type quotes. Jonathan Quick might be a star, then, because the Chicago Blackhawks provided those kinds of comments about him after he stopped all 38 of their shots in a 2-0 Los Angeles Kings win last night.
Here is what Viktor Stalberg said (also via Myers): “A lot of rebounds were sitting there but those guys were diving and saving them. I don’t know how they stayed out.”
Finally, here’s what Jonathan Toews had to say, via Adam Jahns: “You’d have to say he had a horseshoe you-know-where on a few of those plays.”
Lucky or not, Quick continues to keep the Kings in the picture with saves like these:
Quick now leads the NHL with five shutouts, which would be solid for a full season, let alone just about half. It doesn’t look like Los Angeles will be a high-scoring team under Darryl Sutter, but if they keep up this nice level of effort, the coaching change might just work out pretty well.
Even the best goalie in the world – one who makes it look easy – can lose his cool sometimes.
(Heck, that used to be the domain of Patrick Roy, right?)
It was quite the sight on Thursday nonetheless: Carey Price absolutely lost his cool and went after Kyle Palmieri during the Montreal Canadiens’ game against the New Jersey Devils. You can watch that spectacle in the video above.
Palmieri received an interference penalty while Price received a roughing double-minor. Apparently fits of Price anger are rare:
Carey Price loses it?! That's like seeing a unicorn.
Sometimes it feels like John Tavares is alone on an island. Even during such grimmer times, there are moments where it seems like he can do it all by himself, anyway.
The New York Islanders have been quietly getting it back together lately (4-0-1 in their last five games), with Tavares averaging a point per contest during that span. Still, he’s obviously been getting some help lately.
If you want an “all by himself” moment, look no further than the goal above, where he just out-efforts everyone. It’s an unusual sight, although especially jaded people may just come to expect this type of thing from Tavares. He’s that great.
Niskanen will miss at least one game from that Bergeron hit
The Capitals consider the valuable blueliner day-to-day with an upper-body injury and noted that he won’t travel to Buffalo for Friday’s game against the Sabres.
That only tells us so much, as the Capitals will face the Vancouver Canucks at home in their next game after that on Sunday. If that’s all he ends up missing, that wouldn’t be too huge of an issue. CSN Mid-Atlantic notes that he’s played in every game (all 189) since joining the Capitals, so he’s been healthy so far in his stay with Washington.
Washington called up defenseman Aaron Ness to help give them some depth.
As you may recall, Bergeron received a two-minute boarding minor for the check in question.
Bruised Blackhawks will be without Seabrook, Toews vs. Rangers