Kings goalie Jonathan Quick rights the ship in third period and OTs
LOS ANGELES - Kings fans have been worried about goaltender Jonathan Quick for some time now -- not because he has played badly, but because he has not been as dominant as he was during the 2012 Stanley Cup run.
It did not help that the Stanley Cup Final widely was billed as a showdown between him and Henrik Lundqvist, with most giving the pre-series edge to the Rangers at the position.
Now the Kings lead the series two games to none, and even after a high-scoring Game 2 that the Kings won, 5-4, in the second overtime period Saturday night, the questions about Quick are dissipating.
After allowing four goals in the first two periods, he did not allow any in the next three, facing a total of 16 shots in the third period and two overtimes.
After the game, Quick dismissed the significance of the goaltender matchup, and also the notion that anyone should consider a nine-goal game surprising, even given the goalies involved.
"It's a playoff series," he said. "I think there have been some great saves on both sides. There have been some great goals on both sides. There have been hard-working goals. There have been bad bounces.
"It's not about statistics. It's not about statistics any time of year, to be honest. I think those are just something that people who don't really know the game, it gives them something to judge off of."
None of the four goals Quick allowed was a bad one, but a couple could have been saved.
On the final Rangers goal, he was caught out of position behind the net, but that mostly was because defenseman Willie Mitchell failed to take control of the puck when he left it for him.
It didn't matter down the stretch as Quick stopped several good Rangers chances, just as he did late in Game 1. On one, he thwarted a point-blank opportunity for Brad Richards.