Carter: Quick is `pretty special’

Between his lengthy stint in Philadelphia, and his eight-month layover in Columbus, Jeff Carter certainly has faced, and played with, a lot of NHL goalies. Carter has now had about a month to get a first-hand look at Jonathan Quick, and not surprisingly he likes what he sees. Quick is now tied the league lead with eight shutouts, and ranks fourth in goals-against average (1.96) and third in save percentage (.930) among regular starters. Given the nightly pressure that Quick has faced, playing behind one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league this season, it would seem to be near-criminal if — assuming he finishes the season strong — he doesn’t get a nod as a Vezina Trophy finalist. Here’s what Carter said about his newest goalie…

CARTER: “He’s pretty special. I definitely didn’t like playing against him. Up until last year, he was a goalie that I didn’t know much about. From being out here, he might not get as much exposure as some of the other guys. In my eyes, he’s right up there with the top in the league, and he’s shown it from what I’ve seen since I’ve been here. He’s right up there. It’s definitely good for us to know that he’s back there and got our backs. It makes things a little easier for us.’’

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