As promised a bit earlier, here’s what goalie coach Bill Ranford said today about his recent work with Jonathan Quick…
RANFORD: “I think it was just important. It’s been really unfortunate, the last three weeks, that we haven’t had a lot of practice time. That’s tough on a guy that’s playing a lot of hockey, as in the case with Jonathan. We just felt it was important to get a couple days of maintanence in, and we needed to get Erik into a game.”
Question: What were some of the specific things you worked on?
RANFORD: “It was real good. We worked on getting that sharpness back, and just going back to some basic stuff that we haven’t been able to do. Rebound control, tracking of the puck, little things that we haven’t had time for. We’ve been hit by the flu bug, and in the last 2 1/2 weeks we’ve had very little practice time. We had three practices canceled due to health reasons. That’s probably the toughest thing that a starting goalie runs into, getting that quality practice time. Then to lose three of them, due to health reasons, that has definitely hurt everybody, including Erik.”
Question: Terry talked about you working with Jon on the high shots, on not getting so bent over. Can you talk about what you saw there?
RANFORD: “Just being a little bit more relaxed, and a better presentation, being a little more upright. Just trying to take some pressure off his legs. You dig in a little bit, and sometimes you fatigue a little quicker. He’s been playing so much hockey, and you lose that jump sometimes in certain situations, so it’s more maintenance. That’s what we worked on.”