The puck went in, T.J. Oshie turned and skated back toward the American bench, and before he could cement himself as the early favorite for America’s Olympic hero, he stopped and pointed a big gloved finger in the air back towards his own goal, where Jonathan Quick came charging forth. “We don’t get the win without Quickie shutting the door there,” Oshie told NBC Saturday, just moments after he went 4-for-6 in the shootout, including five turns in a row, en route to a 3-2 win over the hometown Russians in Sochi. Yet as Oshie was receiving all the acclaim, his first response was to credit Quick, the Los Angeles Kings netminder who stopped Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin, not just in the shootout but in the hard-fought 65 minutes prior, and gave the first week of games its defining moment. Therefore, it wasn’t much of a surprise when coach Dan Bylsma named Quick the starter for Wednesday’s quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic, the first elimination game for the rolling U.S. team. The incumbent in nets, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, will now sit and watch four years after giving up the “Golden Goal” to Sidney Crosby and the Canadians in overtime of the gold-medal game in Vancouver.
US counting on Quick in net entering medal rounds
New York Post | Feb 19