SAN JOSE -- Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick left the season-opening game against the San Jose Sharks after the first period at SAP Center on Wednesday because of a lower-body injury and did not return.
Quick made a sliding save of a wraparound attempt by Sharks forward Joe Pavelski, stopping the puck with his right pad.
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told LA Kings Insider it "could be a while" before Quick returns to action. Quick is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday.
Jeff Zatkoff replaced Quick and made 15 saves. Quick stopped 14 of 15 shots in the 2-1 loss.
"He got hurt sliding," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Other than that, I couldn't tell you. ... It's not that big of a deal yet. We have two or three goalies in the wings. Good ones."
The game was tied 1-1 when Zatkoff took over. He allowed what proved to be the game-winning goal to Sharks defenseman Brent Burns at 3:20 of the third period.
"I thought he held the fort," Sutter said of Zatkoff. "He played really, really well."