Jonathan Quick, to say the least, was involved in the L.A. Kings’ 1-0 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Quick was spectacular, making 43 saves, not allowing a goal in the breakaway competition, to record the shutout. Yes, according to NHL.com, he was named the first star and quite deservedly so. That gives Quick 32 career shutouts, which ties him with Rogie Vachon for first on the Kings’ all-time shutout list, according to the league’s public relations department.
The Kings had only 18 shots on net, none in the overtime, through 65 minutes of hockey. Jeff Carter was the only skater to get the puck past a goalie, scoring in the opening round of the shootout. That was it.
Back to Quick, who has allowed one goal in the last 75 shots he’s faced. Not only did he have to make save after save to keep his team in this one, he didn’t mind sticking up for himself, either.
Quick and Blues forward Alexander Steen got involved in a scuffle in the second period, causing a raucous around the L.A. net and bringing St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott to his hash marks, should the situation have escalated. It didn’t. Quick was assessed a roughing minor and Steen a slashing minor.