Jonathan Quick's stoic manner undoubtedly kept him sane while the Kings gave him precious little scoring support. But surely he let loose and celebrated Wednesday after learning he's a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender?
"Yeah," Kings teammate Jarret Stoll said. "The opposite of what you just said."
Quick reacted calmly to news that he's vying for the Vezina with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. The winner, chosen by the NHL's 30 general managers, will be announced June 20.
"That's not the trophy that I set out to win nine months ago or whenever. We still have a shot at the other one and that's what we're working on right now," Quick said after the team practiced and prepared to fly to St. Louis for the Saturday opener of its second-round playoff series against the Blues.
"To be put in that category is a tremendous honor. It's something that a lot of hard work was put into and it goes to credit the way these guys played in front of me. Being a goaltender, it's a position that you're more dependent on your teammates than any other position in sports. For your goalie to be put in a category like that, it means these guys are doing a tremendous job, which they've done for me all year."