Jonathan Quick has been on hockey's biggest stage before and, as it turns out, he has played in one of its classic arenas before, too. Quick grew up in Hamden, Conn., and among his fondest childhood memories is playing at Madison Square Garden with his peewee team, the Rangers, during the intermission of a New York Rangers game when he was 12. If his grown-up persona is any guide, he probably was as cool then as he was Monday in his first NHL game at the transformed Garden. Quick and the Kings reached back to their 2012 playbook for a dominant performance that moved them within one victory of their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. His 32-save gem in the 3-0 victory that gave the Kings a 3-0 series lead over the Rangers was vintage Quick, a throwback to the acrobatics and forbidding focus that won him postseason MVP honors two years ago. "He was obviously the best player on the ice tonight," Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault said. Quick himself was typically laconic and unemotional, saying that playing near where he grew up and in front of his parents and wife didn't mean anything special to him.
Jonathan Quick at his best puts Kings at doorstep of Cup championship
Los Angeles Times | Jun 10