Drew Doughty (via NHL)
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made an incredible save early, but defenseman Drew Doughty made the best save of the night, laying out to stop a shot by Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau.
In the first period of Game 1 between the Kings and Sharks, Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick made an unbelievable split-legged toe save to stop San Jose’s Melker Karlsson on what could have been an early go-ahead goal for San Jose.
Quick’s stop was outstanding, and even though it’s the type of save he has made throughout his career, it’s something we’ve come to expect from the Kings goaltender. He’s contorted his body for incredible saves time and time again, and it was yet another highlight-reel stop for Quick to add to his ever-growing resume. And even still, it wasn’t even the best save of the game.
While Quick’s save was spectacular, no stop by either netminder in the contest was as thrilling as a goal line stop made by Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau with Quick down and out:
Doughty’s goal line stop kept the score knotted at 2-2, and it’s hard to say which is better: the actual save or Doughty’s reaction. The chuckling while looking at Quick says it all about what was one of the most ridiculous plays in a game that was loaded with memorable moments. The play would go under review as the officials looked to see whether the puck crossed the goal line, but it was determined Doughty stopped it just in time.
Thanks to Doughty’s stop the Kings would kill off the Sharks’ power play, and later in the period Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead on a nifty move by Trevor Lewis. Seconds later, though, the Sharks would tie the contest, and San Jose would pull away for good on Joe Pavelski’s wraparound goal early in the third period.