Jonathan Quick had a fine Olympic tournament. While the Americans returned to North America this week without a medal, it wasn’t for a lack of performance in net. Quick’s record of 3-2-0, goals-against average of 2.17 and save percentage of .923 would seem to indicate a satisfactory performance, though by any honest evaluation he was better than his statistics indicated and would have punctuated his first Olympic playing experience quite nicely had the Americans’ performance in a 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze medal game not deteriorated so sharply in the final period.
While Dustin Brown admitted to enjoying the overall experience despite the team’s fourth place finish, Quick wasn’t necessarily riding that train.
“We didn’t do what we wanted to. We go there to win something. We didn’t,” Quick said concisely.
After Tuesday’s practice, Quick spoke about his Olympic experience.
On the extended shootout in the preliminary round game against Russia:
You’re just trying to make a save. You’re trying to make the next save. Obviously we were fortunate to win that game, but that was a game that doesn’t really get you much.
On how Olympic tension compares with the tension of an NHL game:
I would say…that the playoff games have a little more intensity in them – when we play Czech, and we play Canada and Finland – those games are a little more intense than the preliminary games, obviously. It’s tough to compare. They’re two different things. Comparing this league to that tournament, it’s tough to compare.
On whether he was able to form a good bond with players on rival teams:
Yeah. There were a good amount of guys that were on the team in 2010, so you have a bit of a relationship built up with them. Obviously there’s a lot of new guys too, but for the most part everybody kind of knows everyone going into it. We had that orientation camp, and we’ve played against each other in the league for a while. We all have buddies that play with us one year and then play with them the next year, stuff like that. For the most part you had a good idea of who you were going to be playing with. It was a good group of guys. We had a good group. It’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to do more.
On whether he learned anything new about Colorado forward Paul Stastny:
We’ve played each other for a while now. We’ve been in the league for a while, and we’ve been on the same team before. So I don’t think there’s anything new that I learned about him.