Jonathan Quick, ‘Really good goalkeeper in this league for a long time’ Los Angeles Kings regain in Game 4 win

Los Angeles goalkeeper Jonathan Quick replaced himself with his first post-season close since June 2014, leading the Kings to a 4-0 on-ice win at home on Sunday night that tied their first-round series with the Edmonton Oilers 2-2.

Quick was withdrawn in the third game after giving up four goals on 17 shots. He responded with 31 saves in Game 4. It was Quick’s first post-season close since June 9, 2014, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers.

“[It was] Not more important than any other game,” Quick, two-time Cup champion with the Kings, said after the win over Edmonton.

Karl Grundstrom scored twice for the Kings, while Trevor Moore and Troy Stitcher scored the others.

There was speculation that Quick might not start the Kings in Game 4 after he was pulled out in the second period of Game 3, which Los Angeles lost 8-2. But Kings coach Todd McClellan stuck with the 36-year-old – the former Coon Smith Cup winner – and the decision paid off.

“He did some great saves when he needed to,” McClellan said.

How was the quick preparation for Game 4 after what happened in Game 3?

“The same way you’ve been doing it after every game for the past 15 years,” he said. “Nothing is different.”

But his effort in Game 4 was certainly different. He quickly made a vintage performance: relying on his physical skills to save the ball, he played hard against the Oilers’ bowlers.

The highlight of the night for Quick was in the second period. When Edmonton forward Kailer Yamamoto hit the crossbar with a shot, Quick’s glove holding the crossbar popped off. With his bare left hand, Kwik stopped Evander Kane in a close shot using his blocker.

“He’s a good goalkeeper. He’s been a really good goalkeeper in this league for a long time,” said Oilers defender Darnell Norse. “He won’t just come back and feel bad. He’s going to play his butt, and he did that tonight.”

Quick also kept Edmonton power play off the board for the first time in the series, with the Oilers going 0 for 3.

“We had a few looks and Kwik stood there,” Edmonton striker Ryan Nugent Hopkins said. “Five over five, same. We have to find a way to bring it down. At the end of the day, it’s just about work.”

Work will continue on Tuesday in Edmonton. It is now a series of three games. But McClellan was quick to note that a certain Kings victory in Game 4 might not portend anything for Game 5.

“There is no momentum. It starts again every night. If the momentum had continued, we would have trained tonight. They had all of that,” the coach said.

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