Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick had an amazing .946 save percentage in the 2012 playoffs and he’s been just as good in 2013.
So how do you beat a guy that stops almost everything he sees? Crowd the Kings’ zone and fire at him until something finally works.
“The volume and traffic of shots is the only way to get to this guy,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said in his postgame press conference.
Chicago employed that strategy tonight, firing 36 shots on goal and got just enough success to eke out a victory.
That’s not exactly a new concept and obviously it’s easier said than done, but how to beat Quick in the playoffs has been an ongoing question. San Jose tried getting rough with the 27-year-old goaltender to get under his skin.
Quick responded by stopping 25 of 26 shots in Game 7 of the second round.
He’s not unbeatable, but as long as he’s playing like this, the opposition’s margin for error is slim.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)
After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)
Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)
The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.
He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.
He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).
In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.
No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?