June 6, 2012

With Cup a win away, Quick and the Kings keeping calm

By Jesse Connolly

Sixty more minutes. One more win. That’s how close Jonathan Quick (Hamden, Conn.) and the Kings are to capturing the Stanley Cup. 

Jonathan Quick and the Kings will look to finish off the Devils on Wednesday night. (Getty Images)

Los Angeles will carry a 3-0 series lead into Game 4 at Staples Center on Wednesday night, with the chance to sweep the Devils and lift hockey’s Holy Grail in front of their home crowd lying right in front of them.

The Kings surely recognize the magnitude of the moment, but they plan on preparing for what could be the greatest game of their lives just as they would for every other contest.

“Same routine as always,” said Quick. “We're going to go about our business the same way, prepare the same way (and) try to be more prepared than they are.”

As such, the netminder who’s the surefire recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Kings take care of business on Wednesday doesn’t foresee his team having a high level of anxiety in the hours leading up to the game.

“Just trying to win a hockey game,” said Quick.” Same thing we've been doing for about eight months now. We're going to continue to try to do that.”  

Quick notched his third shutout of the postseason in a 4-0 win over New Jersey on Monday night, improving to 15-2 in the postseason, lowering his goals-against average to a mind-blowing 1.36 and boosting his superb save percentage to .950.

“I feel I've tried to give my team a chance to win every night,” Quick said when asked to describe his playoff performance. “From a goalie standpoint, that's your job. You try to do your job every night. Hopefully more times than not, you're able to do that.”

If he can do it again on Wednesday, the Cup will belong to Los Angeles for the first time in franchise history.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.