Terry Murray might have raised some eyebrows yesterday when he announced that Jonathan Quick would start in goal for a second consecutive night against Anaheim. After all, the Ducks were going to their backup goalie, Dan Ellis, and the last time Quick played in back-to-back games, the second game — Oct. 30 at Colorado — was arguably his least-sharp game of the season. Last night, though, Quick made Murray look good. Quick made 35 saves — his second-highest total of the season — and was brilliant in the first period, when the Ducks easily could have scored two or three goals.
MURRAY: “Tremendous. Against top players in the world. Those are the saves that you have to have from your goaltender, in those situations, just to get yourself to where you need to get to, to be a team that’s playing well. They came out with high energy. They came off a big third period, I thought, in our building and just kind of continued with that same level of play and generated some really good opportunities. Quicker was absolutely outstanding on the 2-on-2 with Perry and Ryan. That’s a world-class save. That’s what we needed and that’s what we got, and that gives you the catapult to get yourself going the other way.’’
Not surprisingly, then, Quick will get the start tomorrow afternoon against Detroit.