NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Los Angeles Kings' Quick Makes Early Bid for MVP

Robert TheodorsonSenior Analyst IMay 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03:  Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on from the net in the third period against the St. Louis Blues in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Elite goaltending seems to be the name of the game in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Maybe we were spoiled by Tim Thomas last season.

On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Kings became the first ever eighth-seeded team to knock off a first and second seed.

Jonathan Quick and company only needed nine games to pummel the Presidents Trophy winner Vancouver Canucks and the staunch defense of the St. Louis Blues, led by Jack Adams runaway favorite, Ken Hitchcock.

When we look at early favorites for the Conn Smythe trophy to search for a future playoffs MVP, the thing most likely to catch our eye is points total.

Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and Jakub Voracek are the only active skaters who can even compete with Kings' captain Dustin Brown.

Without giving it a second thought, it should be common sense for anyone to realize that the Flyers' trio inflated their numbers against the hapless Pittsburgh Penguins, a team with a goalie who seemingly couldn't stop a beach ball from going in the net.

Brown has had to do it against the Canucks and Blues, no slouches indeed, and he racked up all those points in only nine games.

The fact that the Kings have been so dominant might actually hurt Brown, however, there's one King that a sweep and a short series will not hurt: Jonathan Quick.

Quick has a better save percentage, better goals against average, more wins and less goals allowed than any other active goalie in the NHL.

It's hard to make a case against Quick, but go ahead and try. There is nobody better in the playoffs right now.

Should we see the Phoenix Coyotes knock off the Nashville Predators, defensive hockey fans and goalie enthusiasts everywhere will have something to cheer for. A matchup of Jonathan Quick versus the Coyotes' Mike Smith is going to be something to behold.

Just as they did many years ago on the shoulders of Wayne Gretzky, the Kings will once more ask their main man to carry them to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Kings have something very special going on in a city normally dominated by basketball. So much so that the Kings, easily the best team out of the three teams in LA currently in the playoffs, must use resources outside the Staples Center to practice on.

It won't be long before people in the City of Angels wake up and realize that the Kings are the real deal and start garnishing their attention upon their hockey team.

...and to think that Jonathan Quick is behind all this magic unfolding before our eyes.