Jonathan Quick Stands on His Head for 70 Minutes Only to Hand the Game to Alex Steen and the Blues in Overtime (Video)
Last night in St. Louis, the Blues dominated the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings for the majority of the game. They won 44 of 69 faceoffs, outshot the Kings 36-19 in regulation, and had the majority of the scoring chances. So how on earth did this game end up going into overtime?
The answer is simple: 2012 Playoff MVP Jonathan Quick. While the rest of his team looked sluggish and outmatched, Quick was standing on his head, keeping all but one puck out of the net. His performance kept the Kings in the game, and with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation, they got a bit of a lucky goal from Justin Williams to send it into overtime.
There, the Blues continued to dominate…for the first five minutes. After that it looked like the Kings finally remembered that they were the defending Stanley Cup Champions who swept the Blues out of the second round last year. Then they were awarded a four-minute power play, and it seemed like they would survive their first real playoff test in two years.
But no. Half a minute into the four-minute double minor to Kevin Shattenkirk, Jonathan Quick went to handle the puck behind his net on a line change. The Blues’ Alex Steen noticed that Quick’s defensemen were a little slow coming to his aid, so he decided to put pressure on the goalie and try to force a turnover.
It worked. Quick tried to pass the puck around Steen, but it caromed off the boards and in front of the net, where Steen backhanded it into the open goal for the overtime winner.
It was a heads-up play by Steen, but also a pretty big error by Quick. Take a look: