Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Jonathan Quick is 3-0 in his VGK career and is coming off a 34-save 4-0 shutout win against the Carolina Hurricanes. If you were to read that sentence to someone a couple of weeks ago, they wouldn't have believed you.
Despite not being the same goaltender he was when the LA Kings were winning Stanley Cups, Quick has been great with the VGK, and has a prefect 3-0 record, and recently earned 58th career shutout victory against the Hurricanes.
"Quickie back there was pretty outstanding I would say. When there was a breakdown he was there first and came up big," said defenseman Nicolas Hague.
The veteran 37-year old cup-winning goaltender was acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline by general manager Kelly McCrimmon with both Logan Thompson and Laurent Brossoit out with lower-body injuries at the time.
Now, Adin Hill has joined the injured list and Quick and rookie goaltender Jiri Patera make up the Golden Knights goaltending tandem as we hit the stretch run up to the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"That is part of our success is the healthy competition out there. All of them give us a chance to win every night. Obviously Quick was unbelievable tonight and we were able to get him the shutout and that's something I think our team should be proud of," said Jonathan Marchessault.
Quick was not tested much in the second period, but had to come up big in the third, with big saves on Sebastian Aho and Brett Pesce.
"I think he is building confidence in his gave obviously. In LA I can't speak to what happened but I guess he wasn't as confident as he once was. Now he's getting some wins, guys are playing hard in front of you… I love what he has brought so far," said head coach Bruce Cassidy.
The Golden Knight's current five-game road trip post-deadline has allowed Quick and other trade deadline aquistions Teddy Blueger and Ivan Barbashev to gain some chemistry with their new team both on and off the ice.
"We are just trying to talk to him on those handles. But other than that we are just letting him do his thing. He knows what he's doing back there. I don't have no goaltending advice for him. I think the biggest things is just communicating on handles and he'll take care of the rest," said Hague.
With the Golden Knights on a back-to-back currently, rookie goaltender Patera is expected to start tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues at 4:00 p.m.