Quick’s Record-Setting Run has Links to Last Year’s Vintage Mask
While there are other worthy candidate in the Kings’ current 15-2 run out of eighth place in the Western Conference, and it’s true Quick benefits from a great defensive structure in front of him, the soft-spoken, 26-year-old Los Angeles goaltender has compiled some remarkable numbers so far. Quick’s .950 save percentage would rank first all time among goalies to play at least 13 games in the postseason, and his 1.36 goals-against average would be the best mark in more than half a century.
Perhaps the most appropriate statistic, however, is his mark after three games of the Cup Final. After shutting out the Devils on Monday, Quick is the first goaltender to give up just two goals in the first three games of the championship round since Rogie Vachon did so in 1969 while playing for the Montreal Canadiens against the St. Louis Blues.
The significance to Quick? Vachon later became more famous for his time with the Kings, and when Quick broke out an impressive retro look last season, both he and playing partner Jonathan Bernier included notable tributes to Vachon on their masks. Look for a cover story on the evolution of Quick over the past five years in the June edition of InGoal Magazine, click the above links to see full posts on both sets of retro gear from last season, or just enjoy these photos in the meantime: