Jonathan Quick’s name graces the Kings’ record books like no other goaltender in franchise history.
...Or player, for that matter.
Entering the 2014-’15 season, Quick was sitting on 31 career shutouts – all of which came in a Kings uniform, the only NHL team he’s played for in his seven-plus year career.
Rogie Vachon, who was the Kings' goaltender from 1973-'78, recorded 32 shutouts with Los Angeles - and his mark remained a club record for over 36 years. But as last season commenced, the clock was ticking on Vachon’s record.
Just five games into the season, Quick tied Vachon’s record when he recorded his 32nd career shutout against the St. Louis Blues on October 16, 2014 at STAPLES Center. Quick stopped all 43 shots he faced in regulation and OT in what was a scoreless affair that extended to a shootout. Quick remained perfect in the shootout, nixing all three of St. Louis’ attempts as Jeff Carter netted the game-deciding goal in a 1-0 Kings victory.
And when Quick’s hot, he’s hot.
Two games later and five days later on October 23, 2014 in a game against the Buffalo Sabres at STAPLES Center, Quick surpassed Vachon in the Kings’ record books. Quick stopped all 29 shots he faced that night against a rather lowly Buffalo roster; but a shutout in the NHL, regardless of which team it comes against, is never an easy feat.
Quick’s biggest test that night came on Chris Stewart’s breakaway attempt midway through the first period.
Jeff Carter provided wiggle-room for Quick, scoring 36 seconds into the contest, and Anze Kopitar added a goal of his own late in the second period to provide insurance for the Kings’ goaltender’s record-setting night.
And there you have it, #33 for #32.
Quick went on to post an additional four shutouts later in the season - bringing his 2014-'15 total to six, and his career mark to 37. He's now off and running with a number that can only get higher - and a mark that will continue to a reach a point of never being touched.
Quick holds a number of other records for the Kings:
(All in the goalie category)Games Played: 407
Goals Against Average: 2.27
Save Percentage: .915
Wins In A Single Season: 39 (2009-'10)
Playoff Games Played: 76
Playoff Wins: 45
Playoff Shutouts: 9
Playoff Goals Against Average: 2.22
Playoff Save Percentage: .923