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Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils provide two of the most compelling stories in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Quick, at 26 years of age, will be playing in just his 27th postseason game, while Brodeur, 40 years old, will be asserting his dominance in his 188th Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance.
Quick: It’s as simple as this: there is not a hotter goaltender in hockey right now. Quick has posted a 12-2 record in this year’s playoffs. He has a .946 save percentage and has shut out his opponents twice.
In only his fourth NHL season, Quick has led the eighth-seeded Kings past the top three teams in the Western Conference. Steam-rolling their way into the playoffs, the only question seems to be whether too much rest presents a problem.
Can Quick remain the same stone-wall goaltender he was in the first three series? Or will the butterflies and nerves of the Holy Grail tuck the youngster into bed early?
Brodeur: He is the only NHL goaltender to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a teenager and as a 40-year old. His first playoff appearance dates back to the 1991-1992 season when he was just 19 years old (Jonathan Quick was probably just starting the first grade). The man is a legend.
According to ESPN, Brodeur is looking to become the ninth player in history to win the Stanley Cup in three different decades. Anyone who can sustain that kind of success has to have the edge in the spotlight of the finals.
Brodeur is the all-time leader in wins and shutouts, and you better believe he is bringing his A-game Wednesday night when the puck drops in New Jersey.