Jonathan Quick is widely regarded as the best goalie in all of hockey and he showed why he has earned that distinction on Wednesday night. During the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their playoff series, Quick was unbelievable. He stopped 39 of 40 shots, including what was undoubtedly the save of the postseason thus far.
In the middle of the second period with the score tied 1-1, the Sharks had a power play and were moving the puck very well. The Kings looked to be on their heels a little bit and no one would have been surprised if San Jose snuck a goal in.
On the play in question, Joe Pavelski drove towards the net from the left side and fired the puck off of Quick’s pads. It bounced to the right side of the net and Patrick Marleau had what he thought was a shot at an open net. Quick slid over err…quickly, and stoned Marleau cold with a glove save right on the goal line.
The play was reviewed to see if Quick had possibly caught the puck after it had crossed the line, but replays showed that he had stopped it in time.
Video of the dazzling save is below:
With the win the Kings became just the fourth NHL team to rebound from a 3-0 series deficit and advance in the postseason. They will face the Anaheim Ducks in the second round starting on Saturday.