Jonathan Quick and the Best American Goalies in Stanley Cup Playoff History

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Jonathan Quick and the Best American Goalies in Stanley Cup Playoff History
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Only 35 goaltenders born in the United States have ever seen action in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

Only five American backstops have bolstered an NHL team to a postseason championship. And only one has ever been formally recognized as the playoff MVP.

Connecticut native Jonathan Quick is already deep in the company of one of those three groups. If he wins one of the next three games for the Los Angeles Kings, he will certainly join the second and most likely the third.

Regardless of nationality, Quick will enter Game 5 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals with the best goals-against average (1.39) and save percentage (.948) in any individual playoff run lasting more than one round.

Barring the unlikely event of any drastic changes, for himself or for his team, will Quick officially make his country prouder than any of his puck-stopping predecessors?

To answer that, one must take a glance back and assess each of the other historic Stanley Cup campaigns by a U.S.-born netminder, presented in chronological order.

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