Stat Line Of The Night — 6/3/12 — Barry Zito
Stat Line Of The Night — 6/4/12 — Jonathan Quick
Heading into Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals last night, two trophies were up for grabs; the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe. It may be fair to say that both of those trophies were all but wrapped up following the Kings’ 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils in front of a sellout crowd at the Staples Center.
With the Kings now holding a 3-0 lead in the series, there seems to be little doubt that they will be hoisting Lord Stanley for the first time in franchise history in the very near future. As for the Conn Smythe Trophy, there appeared to be a battle brewing between Kings captain Dustin Brown and goaltender Jonathan Quick, but with yet another brilliant performance between the pipes, it looks like that award will almost certainly be awarded to the latter.
After stopping all 22 shots he faced and earning his third shutout of the post-season, Quick now ranks first among all playoff goalies in goals-against (1.36), save percentage (.950), wins (15) and shutouts (3). For now, he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, June 4, 2012, but with one more win he will be earning himself two much more prestigious awards; the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.