SAN JOSE - If Anze Kopitar is sick of this storyline, imagine how the San Jose Sharks must be feeling.
After the Kings blanked the Sharks 3-0 on Thursday, Kopitar admitted he's simply come to expect sensational performances from puck-stopper Jonathan Quick.
“It's really getting old. There's nothing new to say,” Kopitar said of Quick's 24-save shutout. “He gives us a chance every night, and that's all you really want.”
Like it or not, the 27-year-old netminder remains the story of this series.
Quick has allowed only seven goals in five games against the Sharks and now has a mind-boggling 1.50 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in these playoffs, similar to his Conn Smythe Trophy-winning numbers last spring.
With Thursday's goose-egg, he set a Kings franchise record for career post-season triumphs with 27, climbing ahead of Kelly Hrudey.
“I remember watching (Hrudey) when I was growing up,” Quick said. “He was very competitive and hated to lose, obviously.
“Being able to pass him on that list, it’s an accomplishment. But wins are team accomplishments, so you have to give credit to the guys you play with.
“I'm very fortunate to be on a team with guys that care about winning so much.”