He now sits knotted with Rogie Vachon, the Kings goalie who holds several franchise records Quick seemed poised to break. In March of 2014, for instance, Quick surpassed Vachon’s all-time career wins record (171). And in the 2011-2012 season, Quick’s 1.95 goals-against average exceeded Vachon’s previous record of a 2.24 goals-against average.
That same 2011-2012 season, by the way, Quick’s 10 shutouts surpassed Vachon’s previous single-season shutout record of eight.
Quick’s victory against the Blues came on a night when most thought the Kings didn’t do enough to earn the victory. The Blues looked fresher and better at both ends of the ice, but the Los Angeles netminder sealed things up and pulled off the victory by stopping 43 shots in regulation play and all the opportunities in the five minutes of overtime and all the shooters in the shootout.
Jeff Carter potted the necessary shootout winner, by the way.
“Every game is different,” Quick said. “There’s games you’re going to get 15 shots and there’s games you’re going to get 40 sometimes. Both of them create their own challenges. They’re a great team and to get two points against them, it’s a team effort. The (penalty-kill) was great and the way we fought all game long, it was great.”
True enough and Quick does take the obligatory hockey player stance of saying it’s a “team effort,” but this victory really has an awful lot to do with what he’s meant to this franchise and what he will continue to mean over the years.
Plainly put, he’s the best goalie the Los Angeles Kings have seen. And with a 10-year contract signed in June of 2012, he’ll have plenty of time to prove it.
“It’s nice, obviously,” Quick said of reaching the shutout record. “It’s humbling to be put into that category. At the same time, it’s a team effort. It takes 20 guys. It’ll be my name that goes next to the shutout, but it’s 100 percent the group that went out there today.”
More hockey humility. How sweet it is.