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10:41 AM ET 05.25 | San Jose Sharks Coach Todd McLellan sounded less than gracious Thursday when asked about the performance of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in the Sharks??? 3-0 loss at Staples Center. Quick stopped 24 shots as the Kings took a 3-2 edge in the teams' Western Conference semifinal. He leads all playoff goaltenders with a 1.50 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts. But McLellan didn't seem impressed by Quick's work. "I didn't think we tested him a lot tonight," McLellan said. "There were a number of goalies in the league that could have performed that way tonight." The San Jose Mercury News interpreted that as McLellan's way of saying his own team didn't muster a great effort on offense, but it sounded as if McLellan was downplaying Quick's effort. Quick's teammates came to his defense Friday. "He's awesome. He's our MVP. He's our best player," forward Trevor Lewis said of Quick. "He probably makes it look easy out there, but he does a lot for us and he's been awesome."

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Jonathan Quick, Brad Richardson, Harry How/Getty Images Jonathan Quick, Brad Richardson, Harry How/Getty Images
May 25, 2013  10:47 AM ET

"He's awesome. He's our MVP. He's our best player," forward Trevor Lewis said of Quick. "He probably makes it look easy out there, but he does a lot for us and he's been awesome."

So Trevor is Pro Quick and Antti Niemi?

May 25, 2013  10:53 AM ET



The NHL should make Torts watch this on a loop all summer.

May 25, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"He's awesome. He's our MVP. He's our best player," forward Trevor Lewis said of Quick. "He probably makes it look easy out there, but he does a lot for us and he's been awesome."So Trevor is Pro Quick and Antti Niemi?

Quick has looked a little more human this year than the superman he was last.

May 25, 2013  11:19 AM ET

And because you ignored this yesterday Danny....



:-)

May 25, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So Trevor is Pro Quick and Antti Niemi?

How dare you bring politics into a sports forum...

May 25, 2013  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"He's awesome. He's our MVP. He's our best player," forward Trevor Lewis said of Quick. "He probably makes it look easy out there, but he does a lot for us and he's been awesome."So Trevor is Pro Quick and Antti Niemi?

Bottom line? The Kings won. The Sharks didn't. They'll be well advised to do their talking on the ice next game or ..... they can start planning their Tee Times!

May 25, 2013  12:45 PM ET

That was a pretty stupid comment to make about a goalie that just beat them.

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May 25, 2013  01:57 PM ET

"There were a number of goalies in the league that could have performed that way tonight."

Obviously Niemi wasn't one of them.

May 25, 2013  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That was a pretty stupid comment to make about a goalie that just beat them.

2 shutouts already in this series.

May 25, 2013  02:00 PM ET

Don't expect Jumbo Joe to be doing his celebration slide this year across the ice at staples.

May 25, 2013  04:45 PM ET

Someone's gotta do something, darn Quick-ly, to up the entertainment value of these remaining series. So far, it's the refs, the goalies, a minute or two of Doughty magic each game in this series, otherwise - pretty-ugly, almost-boring, mostly.

May 25, 2013  07:56 PM ET

May 25, 2013  10:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That was a pretty stupid comment to make about a goalie that just beat them.

for sure

 
May 26, 2013  10:43 PM ET

I can almost like the Sharks when the crowd chants "Beat LA''

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