Quick stopped 17 of them in the Kings' 2-1 overtime win, but Devils defenseman Mark Fayne was still shaking his head about the puck he couldn't put on net, the one that would have tilted the score in the home team's favor midway through the third period.
Fayne pinched in deep and was rewarded when the rebound of a Ryan Carter shot bounced right onto his stick with Quick out of position and the right side of the net completely open. But the puck wouldn't settle for him and Fayne fired it wide.
"Just have to put it behind you," Fayne said. "It's tough to deal with right now, but once you go to bed you have to forget about it."
Fayne, who scored four goals in 57 games as a rookie and matched that total in 82 games this season, was asked if it was the kind of opportunity he'd bury nine out of 10 times.
"I'd like to think so," Fayne said with the hint of a laugh. "I don't know if I get that chance 10 times."
Both teams will get a pair of days off before reconvening for Game 2 at Prudential Center on Saturday.
"I think it's good for us just to get a little rest and know our coaches are going to be working real hard to get a few changes down. I think we'll be well-rested and ready to go," he said.
It's something that you don't really envision starting this way, but when you put the work in you don't feel like it's unwarranted. You definitely don't envision it unfolding this way, but you do think you can be successful at this level.
— Senators goalie Andrew Hammond, who defeated the Jets on Wednesday to improve to 6-0-1 since making his first NHL start on Feb. 18