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NHL Playoffs 2012: Kings Are Stanley Cup Contenders with Jonathan Quick in Net

Jonathan Quick has a GAA of 1.49 in six postseason games in 2012.
Jonathan Quick has a GAA of 1.49 in six postseason games in 2012.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIApril 30, 2012

Without question, Jonathan Quick has been the MVP of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs so far.

The Los Angeles Kings' phenomenal, young goaltender has turned heads on a constant basis by making highlight-reel save after highlight-reel save as L.A. has become a serious threat in the postseason.

Quick is second among goalies this postseason in save percentage and goals-against average.

Not to mention the fact that he has only allowed more than two goals in a game once in six games against two of the NHL's best offenses.

The Kings will go as far as Quick allows them to. After an early-season offensive struggle, Quick has been the solid goalie the team needed in order to make the postseason.

The Kings couldn't buy a goal before they fired Terry Murray halfway through the season.

Despite their lack of offense in the regular season, the Kings have done a decent job scoring against three solid goalies in Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider and Brian Elliot.

Schneider and Elliot have been good, but Quick has been better.

The 26-year-old Connecticut native has Tinsel Town thinking Stanley Cup.

Not bad for a team that lost its last two games of the regular season to grab the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.

L.A. is 4-0 away from Staples Center this postseason and Quick has been the main reason why.

His timely saves with unimaginable reflexes have made SportsCenter a few times and has former Kings head coach and current ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose worshiping the ground he walks on.

He's become the biggest goalie in Los Angeles since Kelly Hrudey, and with his game at an all-time high, why shouldn't the Kings be one of the favorites for the cup?

Nobody expected them to take out the top-seeded Canucks, yet they won all three road games of the series, setting up a matchup with the No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues.

After Quick's 28-save performance against the Blues in Game 1, where the Kings came out with a 3-1 road victory, all of the NHL has shifted their attention to the Kings goaltender.

Before their opening-series win against San Jose, the Blues had yet to win a playoff game since 2004.

Before their opening-round series victory over Vancouver, the Kings hadn't won a playoff series in 11 years.

Quick outplayed a very worthy counterpart in Elliot during Game 1. Both goalies were extremely successful in the regular season combining for 58 wins.

With so much success between the pipes, goals in this series are sure to be few and far between.

Los Angeles has all the momentum in the world right now and counting them as Stanley Cup favorites isn't far fetched by any stretch of the imagination.

With Quick guarding the net for the Kings, Melrose has to like his former team's chances to win it all.

And who can blame him?

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