The Pittsburgh Penguins – New York Rangers (0:1) were dominated by the goaltenders. The better goalie was the visiting goalie Jonathan Quick, who is the Rangers’ number two. He still managed to keep his second clean sheet of the season and the 60th of his career.
In a game that was poor in goals, the goaltending skills of both goaltenders stood out. The home team’s Tristan Jarry made a solid 35 saves, but had to fish the puck out of the net once. Quick, on the other hand, prevented 32 shots and didn’t allow any behind his back.
The American goalie became only the 20th goalie in NHL history to reach that mark. He is even the second best of all active goaltenders. That’s the pride of Marc-André Fleury of the Minnesota Wild, who has 73 clean sheets.
Looking back over the history of the 60 net accounts, no other American goalie has ever reached that mark, not even such aces as John Vanbiesbrouck, Mike Richter or Ryan Miller. Moreover, the 37-year-old veteran knows what it’s like to catch even 10 clean sheets in a season.
Quick has spent virtually his entire career with the Los Angeles Kings, who drafted him in 2005. He also won two Stanley Cups with them and caught until the 2022-23 season before being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights. It was a lucky trade for him, as he celebrated his third Stanley Cup victory there.
In L.A., he became virtually immortal to the fans here in the 2011-12 playoffs, accomplishing a feat that even Wayne Gretzky couldn’t manage. He led the team to a Stanley Cup victory in an utterly dominant fashion. He picked up all the necessary 16 wins, had 3 clean sheets and a fabulous 94.6% save percentage. For this he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, the award for the best player in the playoffs.
The Vezina Trophy has twice eluded
He was even nominated for the Vezina Trophy twice during his career, but unfortunately this great goalie never won it. The first time was in the 2011/12 season, when he had the aforementioned 10 clean sheets and pushed his average below 2 goals per game, specifically 1.95, but he failed to compete with Henrik Lundqvist and Pekka Rinne.
The second time was in the 2015-16 season, only that was when Braden Holtby dominated the league again. However, he has at least one trophy, the William M. Jennings Trophy from the 2013/14 season for the fewest goals scored in an entire season.
In national team action, he has a silver medal from the Vancouver Winter Olympics, when the U.S. fell to Canada in the final. It’s still worth noting that he belongs to a club of 39 goalies who have managed to pick up at least 300 regular season wins. They are currently ranked 17th with 379 wins. Martin Brodeur rules the standings with 691 wins.
Source: NHL, Wikipedia
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