The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from claiming their first-ever Stanley Cup title, and they can thank goaltender Jonathan Quick for getting them this far.
Quick made 16 and 32 saves, respectively, in Games 1 and 2 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center in Newark, as the Kings recorded back-to-back 2-1 overtime victories over the host New Jersey Devils.
He then notched 22 saves in a 4-0 win on Monday in Game 3 at the Staples Center in LA for his third postseason shutout, as the Kings recorded their fourth consecutive 3-0 series lead in these playoffs.
The UMass product is now 15-2 overall, including 10-0 on the road, with a 1.36 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage this spring . No. 32 has made 454 saves on 478 shots so far in the postseason, allowing just 24 goals in 17 games.
He's also garnering serious consideration for the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL playoff MVP, and is already a Vezina Trophy candidate for best league goaltender.
"We know Quickie's back there," said teammate Jarret Stoll to the Los Angeles Times following Game 2. "He kind of calms us down too, with the way he plays and how great he is back there."
It's a far cry from the last two years, when Quick and the Kings went 2-4 each time in a pair of first-round losses. It's also not bad for team that lost its last two regular-season games in April, went into the playoffs as the eighth and final seed in the West, and then proceeded to dismantle the top three seeds in its conference in just 14 games total.
Quick, who hails from Milford, CT, has seemingly saved his best for the last series. He has allowed just two goals in the finals, dropping to the ice time and again in his patented spread eagle, post-to-post position that completely takes away the bottom of the net.
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Devils shooters have obliged him by rarely shooting high, and he's had some help from a crossbar or two along the way, but Quick has held the fort long enough for his teammates to gain the lead, and ultimately the victory, in all three games.
Quick, 26, who has posted 109 regular-season wins for the Kings over the last three years, will attempt to backstop the Kings to the first title in franchise history on Wednesday night in Game 4, as LA looks to sweep the Devils and close out the playoffs on a five-game winning streak.
The New England native isn't popping any champagne just yet, though, even if a Devils comeback will require a bigger miracle than Lake Placid in 1980.
"We only have 15 wins," said Quick to Yahoo! Sports, "so we need one more."
That win could come as early as Wednesday night. The party out west will last much, much longer, with a Cup trip to Connecticut this summer in the offing.