I Was There #9: Quick passes Hrudey - LA Kings Insider

Throughout the next month, LAKI will be reviewing the top 10 moments of the Los Angeles Kings season as a recurring feature entitled “I Was There.”

KingsCast recently finished a similar endeavor, complete with screen grabs, video highlights and commentary. Alex Kinkopf’s #TopTen list is recommended as a great account of the 2012-13 season.

I Was There #9: Quick passes Hrudey for first place in franchise playoff wins

Though I favor individual plays over the best “games” or “stretches of play” of the season, today’s moment is one of the exceptions. As Jonathan Quick has raised the quality of goaltending to levels the franchise had never experienced, his postseason impact has set him apart from all previous Los Angeles goaltenders, including Kelly Hrudey, whom the team honored with a Legends Night during the season.

The quality of goaltending had not yet risen to the level seen in the NHL today while Hrudey manned the crease at The Forum, so the comparison between Quick’s and Hrudey’s postseason numbers isn’t exactly the most useful comparison of their postseason accomplishments in Los Angeles.

Quick: 50 GP / 3,078 MP / 29-21 record / 2.03 GAA / .929 Sv% / 7 SHO
Hrudey: 57 GP / 3,519 MP / 26-30 record / 3.53 GAA / .883 Sv% / 0 SHO

Still, keep in mind that Quick’s career playoff numbers were even better at the time he passed Hrudey with his 27th career postseason victory courtesy of a 3-0 blanking of San Jose in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Quick had already moved into the team’s postseason shutout lead with a 4-0 win over New Jersey in Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

And while this I Was There entry is more of a celebration of Quick’s overall playoff achievements as a King, he was still able to do things like this in Game 5:

-courtesy KingsVision

There was a little bit of a leg to Quick’s head by Logan Couture on that last highlight, by the way.

Aesthetic beauty: It’s tough to gauge the “aesthetic beauty” of 24 overall saves, though this was clearly one of Quick’s top performances of the postseason. He also had a 35-save shutout in Game 1. The concentration he showed in making the adjustments on the deflected Dan Boyle shot in the third highlight above was remarkable, and also influenced the following #SadLogan tweet after Quick let in Duncan Keith’s goal on a long range slapshot in Game 5 of the Chicago series.

Lasting impact: Considering Quick moved into sole position of first place in a franchise statistic, I’d say “very high.” This is a record that will obviously endure. If you’re looking for a lasting image of Quick’s dominance in the Los Angeles-San Jose series, it’s likely this “larcenous” save on Pavelski late in Game 7, however.

KingsCast #9: Kopitar’s got wings

Previously on “I Was There”
#10: Toffoli’s first goal

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.