For those who watched last night’s game on television, there was nothing wrong with your set. That red blotch you might have seen on Jonathan Quick’s sweater, just above the logo, was blood. Quick suffered a bloody nose, apparently during the national anthems, and had to go to the bench to stuff his nose with some gauze. Quick didn’t miss any game action, and changed sweaters at the first intermission.
Tough night for Quick. He stopped 31 of 33 shots and was often brilliant, after his teammates’ mistakes forced him into tough saves. Then again, tough season for Quick. Beyond the fact that he’s an All-Star, league pundits are starting to recognize that Quick is doing something special. Last night, Quick lost a game, and dropped his goals-against average from 1.96 to 1.95. How often does that happen to a goalie? This season, Quick has started 38 games. The Kings have scored an average of 2.26 goals in those games. In Quick’s 14 regulation losses, the Kings have scored a total of 11 goals. Here’s what might be the most remarkable stat: eight times this season, Quick has won a game in which the Kings scored one or two goals.