Clarification on franchise playoff records
Nick Nickson, radio voice extraordinaire and unofficial Kings historian, has helped clarify a couple of the franchise playoff records from Game 5. The Kings had announced that Jonathan Quick set a playoff single-game record with 51 saves. That seems to be true, although we’re trying to determine who held the previous record. To the best of Nick’s research, it was Kelly Hrudey, who twice made 43 saves in playoff games. Nick, who has a hard copy of every Kings playoff box score, is now working his way back through the 1970s (and hopefully he’s not wearing bell-bottoms as he does it). It had been said that San Jose’s 52 shots on goal was a record, in terms of most shots allowed by the Kings in a playoff game. Actually, Nick discovered that the Kings also allowed 52 shots on goal in an April 20, 1989, playoff game against Calgary. So the record was actually tied in Game 5.