Monday night saw the Los Angeles Kings shut down the vaunted offensive attack of the Chicago Blackhawks, handing them just their ninth home loss of the season. In goal for the silver-and-black that night was Jonathan Quick who made 32 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. But as big a win as this was for Quick and the Kings, it marked a milestone night for the Los Angeles netminder.
To reach the feat, Quick needed 463 games. To reach 40, it took Brimsek and Vanbiesbrouck 514 and 882 games respectively to reach the plateau. In addition, Quick’s career goals-against of 2.26 is fourth-best among expansion-era netminders who have eclipsed the 40-shutout plateau. Only Ken Dryden, Dominik Hasek and Martin Brodeur had lower GAAs with the leader (Hasek) finishing his career just six points better than Quick.
While this may not be an achievement that will garner much attention, if any, outside of Los Angeles, the feat only underlines not only how much Jonathan Quick means to the Los Angeles Kings but that he is an elite netminder and, as we’re seeing now, a clutch netminder. A clutch netminder — just like each of the aforementioned — who only gets better as the season goes along, and a feat like this only helps strengthen Jonathan Quick’s status.
Up next for Quick on the milestone list is the 250-win plateau. He is currently at 247 — ranking him 50th all-time — just three behind the legendary Johnny Bower and five behind the aforementioned Frank Brimsek.
As gratifying as more milestones would be for Quick, however, simply watching him elevate his game as the season progresses is gratification enough, especially knowing how he and the Los Angeles were rewarded in 2012 and again in 2014.
Still, plenty of congratulations are due for Jonathan Quick on accomplishing this feat.