Sunday, April 24, 2011

Team Quick

Jonathan Quick is Saturday's #1 star per (and L.A. Kings fans):

He may not be a Vezina candidate (yet) but he's the number one goalie in our hearts!

Quick set two franchise records in last night's 3-1 do-or-die victory over the Sharks in San Jose by facing 52 shots and stopping 51 of them.  The Sharks still lead the series 3 games to 2, but this being hockey, it's not over until it's over and I think the Kings may have the advantage here in that everyone knows the Sharks have a penchant for choking in the playoffs no matter how good their regular season might have been, while no one ever seems to know which Kings team is going to show up.  Will it be the Saturday night defensive demolition crew?  Or will it be the immature, frustrating jerks who couldn't hold a 4-0 lead in front of a rabid, hugely supportive home crowd?  No one knows and the Sharks can only hope it's the latter.

And speaking of hugely supportive crowds, let's not and instead discuss the shameful Sharks "fans".  Yet again there were huge chunks of unoccupied sections behind Quick as last night's game wound down, despite the fact that the Sharks were only down two goals, were certainly getting a lot of shots on Quick and of course, it's not only a playoff game, but a game in which the Sharks could have eliminated the Kings and secured a spot in the second round.  With "support" like that, no wonder the Kings have beaten them two out of three at HP Pavilion.  Make fun of the Kings poor performance at home all you want, but while L.A. fans may leave Staples Center unhappy, they don't leave until the final buzzer and they're back the next night as enthusiastic, supportive and hopeful as ever.  I just don't get the HP Pavilion crowd.

Game 6 is Monday night at Staples Center. GO KINGS!!!

UPDATE: Less than an hour after I posted this, the Nashville Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks from the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Way to go Preddies!  As for the Quacks: Bailey has some words for you!

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