GLENDALE, ARIZ. - It was a stunning sight.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was beaten on what the NHL said was a 98-foot shot by Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Derek Morris to tie the opening game of the Western Conference final 1-1 in the first period Sunday night.
It could have been a game changer.
Quick bounced back to help the Kings to a 4-2 win, making several big saves when the Coyotes made a late push.
Quick's teammates felt they owed him one after the gaffe.
“We felt we had to get a couple for Quicky,” said Kings forward Anze Kopitar. “He’s been bailing us out all season and a few times in the playoffs, too. I don’t think anybody was concerned or worried about it. We just kind of looked at each and said we should win this for him.”
“That’s just a tough bounce,” said Kings defenceman Drew Doughty. “It’s hard for a goalie to read a bounce like that. I don’t think that was Quicky’s fault at all. That’s just a tough bounce and we got a couple of goals for him.”
“I couldn’t have played it any differently. Just a lucky bounce. It happens,” said Quick, who wound up making 25 saves.
Kings forward Jarret Stoll said Quick is a quiet guy and didn’t say anything in the dressing room about the goal.
“He makes 25 big saves a game and he doesn’t say anything after those,” he said. “He lets one in he probably wants back. He just puts his head down and gets back to work. There were one or two saves that were remarkable,” said Stoll. “He’s one of those guys who gets right back at it and doesn’t let it affect him.”