The Best Saves from Los Angeles Kings Goalies in 2013-14
In recent years, a highlight-reel of saves by Los Angeles Kings goaltenders would be dominated by Jonathan Quick. That's not the case this season.
With Quick out with a groin injury, Ben Scrivens has taken over in spectacular fashion. And, in recent games, Martin Jones has left his mark as well.
When ranking the saves, the "wow" factor of the individual stop is crucial, but the game situation and subsequent saves are also given consideration. Where will Scrivens' multiple stops versus the Canucks rank? Or Quick's rebound robbery versus the Senators?
Find out as we countdown the best saves from Kings goalies so far in 2013-14.
Honorable Mention: Martin Jones Closes out the 9-Round Shootout
A fixture in the Manchester Monarchs net in recent years, Martin Jones got the call up to L.A. because of Jonathan Quick's injury.
He made his NHL debut against the Anaheim Ducks, stopping nine consecutive shots in the shootout—including this final attempt by Mathieu Perreault—to earn the victory. He followed this game up with back-to-back shutouts against the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens.
While this is by no means the save of the year, Jones deserves credit for his incredible play early in his NHL career.
Honorable Mention: Jonathan Quick Stops Rangers' 2-on-1
Hosting the New York Rangers early in October, the Kings and their fans witnessed a familiar scene.
After Slava Voynov misplayed an Anze Kopitar pass, and the Rangers broke in on a two-on-one. Jonathan Quick showed off his incredible flexibility to make a pad save on Benoit Pouliot. Not to mention he has his glove in position to cover a high shot.
The Kings would go on to lose the game 3-1.
5. Jonathan Quick Robs Alexandre Burrows
Jonathan Quick showed great flexibility in the last save, but his post-to-post movement on this save is even more impressive.
With the Kings up 2-0 on the Vancouver Canucks early in the second period, their defensemen got a little too aggressive on the breakout and got caught. Luckily for them, Quick managed to sprawl out and make a paddle save on Alexandre Burrows, who was wide open in front.
L.A. went on to win big, defeating the Canucks 5-1 in what was their first meeting of the season.
4. Ben Scrivens Stretches
This stop by Ben Scrivens is somewhat similar to the previous two saves on the list, but it ranks higher because it occurs on the penalty kill in the final minutes of a scoreless game.
The Avalanche managed to keep the puck in at the blue line before they made three beautiful tape-to-tape passes to generate a scoring chance.
Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon had a golden opportunity to deflect the puck home but was robbed by Scrivens' outstretched pad.
The Kings would go on to lose 1-0 in overtime, but it was saves like this one down the stretch that allowed the team to pick up that all-important point.
3. Ben Scrivens Stops the Canucks
These days it's rare to see a goaltender sprawl out on the ice like Dominik Hasek did throughout his career, but that's what Ben Scrivens did on this play out of desperation.
With the Kings clinging to a one-goal lead with less than five minutes remaining versus Vancouver, Scrivens made a series of remarkable saves. Initially a two-on-two, Scrivens made a routine stop, but gave up a big rebound. He made a second save, but again the puck was loose.
He then stopped Ryan Kesler three times while laying in the blue paint with his back to the play. A little bit of luck, yes, but it was still a great collection of saves at a crucial point in the game.
Although it did end up going to overtime, the Kings came out on top by a score of 3-2.
2. Jonathan Quick's Rebound Stop
Jonathan Quick showed off his flexibility once again and made one of the most difficult saves by an L.A. netminder so far this season.
The Ottawa Senators were trailing the Kings late, 3-2, and with their power play winding down, Cory Conacher came down the wing and shot high left. Quick made the save easily, but gave up a juicy rebound. At that point, he managed to stretch all the way out, doing the splits and coming up with a miraculous blocker save on Stephane Da Costa.
Moments later, with a crowd in front of the L.A. net, Quick would allow the tying goal. Fortunately, the Kings went on to win in overtime, and in recent weeks, with Ben Scrivens in goal, they haven't had any trouble closing out games.
1. Jonathan Quick Grounds the Jets
Jonathan Quick managed to maintain his composure as his defensemen seemingly gave up for a few moments against the Winnipeg Jets.
It was early in the third period of the Kings' second game of the season and they were trailing 2-1. The Jets worked the puck out of the corner and Michael Frolik got off a shot that was stopped by Quick. The rebound went to Eric Tangradi, who took a quick, low shot that Quick slid to stop, but again gave up a rebound on.
It's at that point that Quick appeared to be down and out, and Tangradi made a smart move, dragging the puck to the front of the net on his backhand. Somehow, Quick managed to slide back to his left just in time to get a piece of the puck.
The Kings went on to lose the game, but this save tops the list—if only by a small margin.