Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has thwarted nearly every scoring chance he has faced in the 2012 NHL playoffs thus far, but he lost concentration for just a split second during the first period of Sunday night's Western Conference finals and allowed Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris to score from center ice.
Morris unleashed a booming shot from the red line along the boards, and Quick just missed the puck. It was very similar to the goal Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored on Vancouver Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier in the 2002 playoffs.
Quick came into the Western Conference finals as many people's leader for the Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup playoffs MVP. He has dominated on the road during the playoffs too, with a perfect 5-0 record away from Staples Center.
The 26-year-old netminder has looked quite comfortable and composed on the road in these playoffs, which is why it was so surprising to see him allow a goal from center ice.
In a series that features two goaltenders playing at a very high level, as Phoenix's Mike Smith will definitely be in the discussion for the Conn Smythe as well, weak goals like Morris' could be very costly. Both the Kings and Coyotes are strong defensive teams, so goals won't be easy to come by.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.