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.