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No reason not to expect bounce-back from Quick

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

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No reason not to expect bounce-back from Quick
History, as well as his competitive nature, suggest Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will bounce back with a strong effort in Game 3 against Chicago.

LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick is the least of the Los Angeles Kings' worries. With a few exceptions, the goaltender has been nothing short of his Conn Smythe Trophy-winning form from last season in these Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But even coach Darryl Sutter acknowledged what needs to happen in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"There's been enough talk about Jonathan Quick this year," Sutter said at the morning skate. "We need a big game out of him. We need great goaltending to beat Chicago. We can't allow four goals and think we're going to beat Chicago."

It was a not-so-subtle public prod at his prized goaltender, coming off a rare off game. Quick's streak of 34 straight playoff games allowing three or fewer goals ended when he allowed four in a 4-2 loss in Game 2. He was removed from a postseason game for the first time since April 23, 2010.

It was an outlier, of course. And history suggests Quick will rebound.

Quick allowed four or more goals five times in the regular season and went 4-1 in his next starts afterward, with the loss coming in the second game of the season, when Quick was finding his way back from offseason back surgery.

Quick notably shook off a puck-handling gaffe in Game 1 of the conference quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues, allowing two goals in the next game and none in the following game. His teammates expect a similar response.

"I think we've seen that before," forward Jarret Stoll said. "He's a pretty focused guy, a narrow-mindset guy. Not too many things bother him. We expect his best [in Game 3], and we've got to be better in front of him. You can't rely on your goaltender as much as we have."

Quick has been under siege against the Blackhawks. Most pucks that get by him sneak in through a tangle of bodies in front, which made Game 2 so unusual in that Quick saw the puck cleanly and still was beaten.

His capacity to shake off such games is part of his make-up, and teammates said there is a bit of a poke-the-giant quality to him after a poor game.

"I think you guys know the answer to that," forward Brad Richardson said. "You don't be an elite goalie or win the Conn Smythe Trophy if you don't. Obviously I think he'll have a huge game [Tuesday]. We got to play better for him."

Quick typically doesn't talk on game days, largely because reporters know better than to approach him during a time of such focus. Quick hasn't taken part in the morning skates at Staples Center during the playoffs, but he was on the ice Tuesday. He ducked into the internal dressing room as media was allowed into the locker room.

It's an unspoken moment, but forward Anze Kopitar said what his teammates are thinking.

"He's done it before, and we have all the confidence in him that he can do it again," Kopitar said. "Obviously he still has that confidence. I'm sure he's confident and he can do it. We'll see what happens."

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