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Jonathan Quick may not be having his best season, but he looked like a man possessed Wednesday night. He made 42 stops in a win over the Colorado Avalanche, including this splits save you have to see.
Jonathan Quick hasn’t been quite as good as the Los Angeles Kings have needed him to be this season, but all will be forgotten if he keeps making saves like his one on Alex Tanguay last night. Really, if he does that, we could be talking about the Kings again come June.
With the Kings up 3-1 over the Avalanche, John Mitchell picked up a loose puck on wing and skated down below Los Angeles’ right wing circle. Across the ice he saw a wide open Tanguay and put a perfect pass right on his tape. If you recreated this play 100 times, it would be a goal more than 90 percent of the time, but Quick wasn’t having any of it. Check out the incredible splits save he makes:
If you freeze the frame at 16 seconds, the puck is mere inches away from touching Tanguay’s tape and Quick is still initiating his push across the crease. Yet somehow he made the stop. Being able to move that quickly into a split position isn’t fair to shooters, and Tanguay is probably still thinking about the one that got away.
Quick’s miraculous save was one of 42 he made on the night, as the Kings went on to a 4-1 win on the strength of a three-goal second period. Jeff Carter scored an empty-net power play goal to cap the game off, and it was his second tally of the night.