Posted by: mdegeorge | December 13, 2010

Not so Quick thinking leaves Kings goalie in a bind

Everyone’s entitled to a bad game here and there. But Jonathan Quick’s outing Saturday night was one for the ages.

Quick’s haphazard stick-handling got him into trouble twice, as he basically assisted on the Minnesota Wild’s two regulation goals in their 3-2 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Mikko Koivu  of the Minnesota Wild scores a short handed goal in past a diving Jonathan Quick  of the Los Angeles Kings for a 1-0 lead during the first period at the Staples Center on December 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Quick’s first foray took him out of the crease near past the face-off dots to play an errant pass intended for Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty. Instead of playing it safe to the retreating Doughty, Quick elected to push the action towards Jack Johnson and move the puck up ice.

The result was a perfect tape-to-tape pass onto the blade of penalty killer Mikko Koivu, who snuck into the passing lane with his stick on the ice and fired the disk home to the gaping net for the shorthanded goal.

Quick’s shaky puck-handling came back to bite him again in the second period just nine seconds after the Kings tied the game at 1. The goaltender went behind the net to cut off a center-ice dump by Cam Barker. But the puck eluded his stick right onto the waiting twig of Cal Clutterbuck, who wrapped around the net and stuffed it home ahead of a sprawling Quick.

It’s difficult to castigate Quick too sharply, as he’s in the midst of a stellar season in which he ranks in the top five in the NHL in wins (14-5-1), goals against average (1.92), and save percentage (.927).

But Saturday is still a night he’ll want to forget…and we’ll want to remember.

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