We’ve become spoiled in Los Angeles.
Another year, another season with Jonathan Quick in net for the Kings, and it was stellar. Quick’s 40 wins set a new franchise record for victories by a Kings goaltender during a single season, beating his old mark of 39 that he set during the 2009-’10 campaign when he shattered Mario Lessard’s 35-win plateau that had stood as a club record for 29 years.
In recording his fifth shutout of the season on March 15 against the Chicago Blackhawks, the 41st of his career, Jonathan Quick surpassed John Vanbiesbrouck for the most shutouts by an American-born goaltender in NHL history.
Between all of that, he made some pretty nice saves as well. Here are Jonathan Quick’s Top-5 saves from the 2015-’16 regular season:
5 - “BACK IT UP”
December 11, 2015 – AT Pittsburgh
Deep into the night at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, as a shootout between the Kings and Penguins extended to extra shots, Quick turned away Nick Bonino with a behind-the-back desperation stop in the fourth round to pave the way for Marian Gaborik to bury the game-deciding goal on the Kings’ ensuing attempt.
4 - “CHILD PLEASE”
November 14, 2015 – AT Edmonton
With the Kings clinging to a 3-2 lead in the waning moments of an early-season visit to Edmonton’s Rexall Place while the Oilers buzzing furiously with their goaltender pulled for an extra-attacker, Jonathan Quick robbed Rookie sensation Connor McDavid of the game-tying goal with :3.8 seconds left on the clock. Quick’s glove got to McDavid’s shot before the puck could cross the goal-line, securing the Kings’ victory.
3 - “BEANTOWN BLOCKER”
February 9, 2016 AT Boston
Working with a two-goal lead in the early stages of the Kings’ 9-2 win at Boston’s TD Garden, Jonathan Quick went post-to-post to shut down Matt Beleskey with a blocker-save during a Bruins power play, swatting away the scoring bid with his blocker after cutting off the initial chance on the side of the net.
2 - “OH!-T”
April 9, 2016 – VS Winnipeg
Winnipeg’s Ben Chiarot found himself in a prime position for glory during the regular season finale – facing a wide open net in the final seconds of overtime with the puck flat on his stick. Quick managed to slide across and throw his body in front of Chiarot’s shot, catching the puck with his right arm, stopping a goal that would have given the Jets a win with one-tenth of a second left on the clock.
1 – “SHARK BAIT”
March 28, 2016 – AT San Jose
Locked in a 2-2 tie with the Sharks in the final moments of the second period at San Jose’s SAP Center, Jonathan Quick lunged across to rob Logan Couture of a golden scoring opportunity as he skated in on a two-on-one with Tommy Wingels. Quick caught Couture’s shot with the paddle of his stick, keeping the score deadlocked into the third.