The Los Angeles Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup because of one man: Jonathan Quick.
Fast forward two years later and 2012 seems like a distant past.
The Los Angeles Kings took Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals with nothing but explosive offense. After being down yet again by two goals, the Kings exploded with Justin Williams nabbing 3 assists in the last two periods of regulation. What’s most impressive about the Kings offensive barrage is their widespread production.
Five different Kings scored for the 5-4 double overtime win Saturday night. While Jonathan Quick has not been himself for most of this postseason, Los Angeles has finally learned how to score at will; something they did not know how to do in 2012.
That being said, Jonathan Quick’s numbers have taken a big hit. Quick’s numbers in 2012 were historical. He went 16-4 with a .946 save percentage and a 1.41 goals against average. This year; however, it is a completely different story. Quick so far this postseason has a 13-9 record with a .907 SV% and a 2.81 GAA.
While the differences between 2012 and 2014 are shocking, one man has remained the same: Darryl Sutter.
The calming presence of Sutter must not be overlooked. Whether Los Angeles was down 3-0 against the San Jose Sharks or whether they were down 2-0 in back-to-back Stanley Cup Final games, Sutter’s calming presence and confidence has lifted the Kings to victory time and time again.
The question remains whether the magic of Sutter will last long enough for Los Angeles to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup for the second time in three years?
If Quick can just improve slightly, the Kings will win without a doubt. However, if Quick keeps up his current play the New York Rangers could easily be hoisting the cup.
No matter how Quick plays the rest of the way, there is no doubt that we are witnessing a Stanley Cup for the ages.
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