Not only did Jonathan Quick have to sit and watch last night’s game, he had to watch it from just about as far away from his teammates as he could get. The setups at NHL arenas are not uniform, so a handful of places have some quirks, and Carolina’s RBC Center is one of them. For one, there’s no tunnel access to the visiting team’s bench, so the players have to enter the ice from the penalty-box side of the rink. That’s no big deal for players, since the locker room is on that side anyway, but the coaches have to walk across the ice, in their suits and dress shoes, to get to the bench.
The other quirk is that there isn’t enough room on the visitors’ bench for the backup goalie, so he — in this case, Quick — has to sit on a chair in the corner of the rink, opposite the Kings’ bench. It’s so odd to look down and see a uniformed NHL player sitting by himself in the corner. I grabbed this shot of Quick, who not only was isolated but seemed to be screened by a couple photographers. Tough night.