With a 4-0 victory Saturday over the Florida Panthers, Jonathan Quick eclipsed Rogie Vachon for the most wins in Los Angeles Kings history.
Jonathan Quick is now the winningest goaltender in #LAKings’ history.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 22, 2014
In earning win No. 172 in a Kings uniform, Quick broke the record in typical Jonathan Quick fashion — owning the opposition and recording a shutout. Quick’s next milestone could come before the end of the season, as he now trails Vachon in the shutout department by just two. The 28-year-old is entering his prime, and by the time he hangs ’em up, could have every major Kings goaltending record cemented.
Quick is currently in the second year of a 10-year deal he signed after leading the Kings to the 2012 Stanley Cup.
OFFENSE BACK ON TRACK
The 4-0 victory against the Panthers is an indicator of the Kings’ resurgent offense, which had gone stale prior to the Olympics.
In the 12 games before the Olympic break, the Kings went 3-8-1, and scored 1.58 goals per game over that span. Everyone but Anze Kopitar was cold.
Rather than rush to make a trade right away, GM Dean Lombardi opted to wait until after the Olympic break, hoping that the holiday would serve as a reset button for his club. Good Call, Mr. Lombardi.
In the 12 games since the Olympic break, the Purple and Gold are 9-3-0, scoring 2.83 goals per game. Is the Kings’ surge owed to the deadline addition of Marian Gaborik? He’s been OK, but with just four points in eight games, it’s the entire group that’s picked up the slack. Sitting comfortably at third in the Pacific, the Kings will cruise into the playoffs and once again look like a Cup contender.