The Los Angeles Kings opened the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday, as Jonathan Quick continued his nearly flawless postseason by stopping 25 of Phoenix's 27 shots.
After a Vezina-worthy season, Jonathan Quick backstopped his L.A. Kings through the first two rounds of the playoffs, winning eight of nine starts, and allowing only 1.55 goals per game while turning away just under 95 percent of the shots he faced.
He was dethroned as the league-leader in goals against average by Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist last night, but remains at the top of the list for save percentage at .947.
The 26-year-old netminder became one of the few goaltenders in the history the NHL to lead an eighth-seeded team to a conference final game and joined an even more exclusive group of goaltenders who took down both the No. 1 seed and the No. 2 seed in the same playoffs.
With that said, every goalie still playing deserves recognition, simply because goaltending is arguably the biggest X-factor in the playoffs.
But aside from Quick, which players have been the biggest keys to their teams' playoff success?
Read on to find out.