The Los Angeles Kings are going through a stick shortage.
The Golden Knights continue to frustrate LA’s stars so much that if I had gone into anger management rather than
blogging, writing, whatever the heck I do, I’d be standing at the doorsteps of Staples Center with pamphlets in hand screaming, “I can help!”
All kidding aside, it’s easy to understand why Quick was so frustrated after David Perron’s overtime game-winning goal. The Kings goaltender played brilliantly and still couldn’t help his team earn a victory. Early on, Quick made a few difficult saves preserving a 1-0 first-period lead. In the second he stopped quality chances by James Neal, William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault. It was Quick’s unbelievable effort that forced Marchessault to shoot multiple times before scoring.
Quick makes an outstanding stick save on Marchessault's first opportunity, but Marchessault has enough time to cradle the puck and stuff it past Quick on his second chance. 1-1 game, late 2P.
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) December 29, 2017
Quick made an unreal save, but Marchessault was not being denied, he kept fighting and fighting for it and finally slammed it home. We're tied! #VegasBorn
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) December 29, 2017
“We’re lucky to get the point. Quickie had to obviously play well again. They outshot by a pretty big margin. We had a real bad second period. I don’t know, in some ways I don’t think we deserve a point.”- Drew Doughty, Kings Defenseman
Doughty brought up the imbalance in shots his goaltender had to face. Quick was peppered by 39 Vegas shots over the 63:30 game, and 15 in the second frame alone.
Quick’s temper began to flare right after Marchessault’s game tying goal. It could have been a combination of the Golden Knights and the officials but the two-time Cup winning goalie lost his cool during and after the game.
After last night’s win, the Golden Knights became 10-0-0 when firing 35 SOG or more. With that in mind, Quick should feel a little better about smashing his game stick, but the “I’m Okay With It: Anger Management Counseling Service by Jason Pothier” is still available if he’s willing to pony up my steep price.
There are still two meetings left between Vegas and LA. Any takers on who’s twig gets snapped after their next game?