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Quick joins elite goalie club with Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup win

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Jonthan Quick has become just the 12th goalie in NHL history to capture both the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe in the same year.

While Quick had already had a stellar season — one that included a Vezina Trophy nomination and arguably the finest performance ever from a Kings netminder — this playoff run was his crowing achievement, putting him in the conversation for the best postseason goaltending performance of all-time.

Of course, there are others in that conversation, including the 11 previous goalies than hoisted both Lord Stanley’s mug and the Smythe in the same postseason:

Year | Goalie | Team | Age | Stats

1971: Ken Dryden, Montreal, 23 (12-8, 3.00 GAA)
1974: Bernie Parent, Philadelphia, 28 (12-5, 2.02 GAA)
1975: Parent, Philadelphia, 29 (10-5, 1.89 GAA)
1983: Billy Smith, New York Islanders, 32 (13-3 2.68 GAA)
1986: Patrick Roy, Montreal, 20 (15-5, 1.92 GAA. .923 save percentage)
1990: Bill Ranford, Edmonton, 23 (16-6, 2.53 GAA .912 save percentage)
1993: Roy, Montreal, 27 (16-4, 2.13 GAA, .929 save percentage)
1997: Mike Vernon, Detroit, 33 (16-4, 1.76 GAA, .927 save percentage)
2001: Roy, Colorado, 35 (16-7, 1.70, .934 save percentage)
2006: Cam Ward, Carolina 21(15-8, 2.14 GAA .920 save percentage)
2011: Tim Thomas, Boston, 36 (16-9, 1.98 GAA, .940 save percentage)

Quick finished the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs with a 16-4 record, 1.41 GAA and .945 save percentage. He led the postseason in every significant goaltending category — including shutouts (three) — and became just the third American player in league history to win playoff MVP, along with Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch (1994) and Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (2011).

The only blemishes on Quick’s resume were his gaffes against Phoenix (Derek Morris’ center ice goal) and New Jersey (bad puckhandling on Zach Parise’s goal). Aside from those, he was remarkably error-free. He played every minute for the Kings, won every game and didn’t once relinquish his goal to backup Jonathan Bernier.

Where Quick’s performance sits on the list of greatest goaltending performances is up for debate.

What’s not is that it belongs in the conversation.

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Uh oh, Marian Hossa might be injured after awkward fall

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, left, talks to center Jonathan Toews during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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The Chicago Blackhawks are on edge on Saturday, and it’s not because of what’s currently a close game against the Anaheim Ducks.

(Not that they’re indifferent toward a match against their opponents from last year’s conference final match, mind you.)

Instead, the Blackhawks are quite concerned about the health of Marian Hossa, who needed help off of the ice following an awkward, scary-looking crash into the boards. (Hampus Lindholm delivered the hip check that sent Hossa sprawling, in case you’re wondering.)

Video isn’t yet available, but My Regular Face’s GIF captures that troubling moment:

It’s too early to tell if Hossa will bounce back or miss some time from this. Stay tuned for potential updates.

Understatement: Saturday was a rough night for Panthers

Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson (33) checks Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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If it weren’t for Mike Yeo and the Minnesota Wild, you could argue that the Florida Panthers suffered from the worst night so far.

You can see that Saturday was unpleasant merely from looking at the scoreboard: the Nashville Predators pummeled the Panthers by an unkind score of 5-0.

The pain goes beyond that … literally so.

For one thing, Quinton Howden suffered an upper-body injury and did not return. That’s no good, but if you want to feel sick to your stomach, footage of Brandon Pirri‘s likely lower-body injury (ankle maybe?) may do the trick.

(Seriously, you may be happier if you don’t look.)

The Panthers didn’t make an announcement about Pirri one way or another, so we’ll see if he somehow avoided anything significant.

Either way, it was a night this team would like to forget.

Fractured jaw from fight sidelines Chris Stewart for 4-8 weeks

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It’s unlikely that Chris Stewart will generate another 30-goal season in the NHL, but he still might be missed by the Anaheim Ducks.

The team announced that the ornery forward is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a fractured jaw. If that’s the recovery window, Stewart may go into the playoffs a little rusty (if he can get in any regular season games at all).

The Ducks didn’t elaborate, but the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline believes that the injury happened during a fight with Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets. You can see that brawl in the video above.

One bright side for Anaheim: if they believe that they need to replace what Stewart brings to the table (rugged play with a dash of offense), then at least this injury happened before the the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

Report: Wild will tab John Torchetti as interim head coach

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As many expected, the Minnesota Wild will make John Torchetti their interim head coach, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.

(He’s not the only one to report as much, as TSN’s Bob McKenzie also stated that he’s likely to take the job.)

The team itself hasn’t made an official announcement about Torchetti, and the reasoning is probably simple enough: he’s coaching their AHL affiliate the Iowa Wild on Saturday night.

Torchetti is no stranger to the NHL, although he’ll probably be frustrated if this opportunity doesn’t turn into a full-time gig. He was also an interim head coach for the Los Angeles Kings and Florida Panthers.

As of this writing, the Wild are in a three-way tie for the first spot outside of the West’s wild card mix, although they could sink a bit depending upon how Arizona and Vancouver handle the one game they have in hand on the Wild.

More importantly, Minnesota’s currently three points behind Nashville for the final wild card spot.

That’s not an impossible goal for Torchetti. For whatever it’s worth, Sports Club Stats gives Minnesota a 34.7 percent chance to make the playoffs.

(Note: photo via the Iowa Wild.)