Why Quick should be more conservative between the pipes

4/23/14 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Apr 22, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsWhen an NHL goaltender has won a Stanley Cup, has taken his team to the Western Conference Finals, has been a Vezina Trophy Finalist and has performed heroically in the Winter Olympics, one normally does not question his style of play between the pipes.

With that said, however, one should probably make an exception when it comes to Los Angeles Kings masked man Jonathan Quick. While it is not entirely his fault that his hockey club is down 2-0 to the San Jose Sharks in their first round series, Quick's play has been far below the standard he has set over the last few seasons in the playoffs.

In two games, Quick is 0-2 with a 7.20 goals against average and a .824 save percentage. It is clear that Quick is struggling this postseason and there are several reasons for his troubles between the pipes this postseason.

For starters, Quick might be playing too aggressive between the pipes. If one watches Quick, than he or she will notice that he comes out way above his crease to cut down the angle and relies on his reflexes to go side to side and make saves whether it is on the first shot or a rebound.

While that style has worked for Quick throughout his career so far, it is clear that the San Jose Sharks have found a way to beat it. With guys like Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, and Logan Couture, the Sharks have players that know how to pick corners and in this series, they have managed to do that a combined six times already.

A perfect example of this occurred in Game 2 on the Sharks' second goal of the game, which was scored by Raffi Torres. On the play, Sharks' forward Andrew Desjardins came into the zone with the puck and dropped it off to Torres, who managed to beat Quick with a shot over his blocker from the top of the circle because Quick was too far out of his net on the play.

Not only is Quick getting beat by being too far out of the net, he is having trouble stopping the first shot in this series. It's one thing to be too aggressive and get beat, but it is a problem when your goaltender is getting beat cleanly by the opposition.

A lot of the Sharks' goals in the second period were shots that beat Quick cleanly. Some occurred when he was screened but for the most part, these were shots that came from the outside and that Quick did not get a piece of it.

Because of Quick's aggressive style, he sometimes finds himself out of position. Unfortunately for Quick, he was caught out of position on the Sharks' seventh goal of the game in Game 2.

On that particular play, which happened during a two-man advantage for the Sharks, Quick came out and over-committed to Pavelski. Unfortunately for Quick, Pavelski did not end up shooting the puck and instead crossed it over to Thornton, who had a wide open net to make it 7-2 Sharks.

With all of this in mind, Quick is going to need to tighten up his game in a big way heading into tonight's Game 3 at the Staples Center. There are several ways that he can do this.
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview