The best player ever to come out of the University of Massachusetts hockey program so far is headed to the NHL's Western Conference Finals.
The eighth-seeded Kings, who last made the NHL semifinals in 1993 when Wayne Gretzky himself was lining up in L.A., dispatched the second-seeded Blues after ousting the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games in the first round.
The Kings are the first NHL No. 8 seed to ever perform the feat of dispatching the top two seeds in the same playoff season.
Quick, who went 23-22-6 for the Minutemen in 54 games at UMass from 2005-07, has gone 8-1 so far in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs and has allowed just 14 goals in nine contests, with one shutout. He compiled a 35-21-13 record during the 2011-12 NHL regular season with a 1.95 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and a league-leading 10 shutouts.
"They're playing well," said Quick to the Los Angeles Times about the Coyotes. "They're playing with a lot of confidence now. They have Mike Smith, who's playing as well as anybody in the league in net, and it's going to be a challenge."
The series starts Sunday night at 8 p.m ET on the NBC Sports Network.