Quick miscast as Kings' culprit? 

May, 3, 2013

Jonathan Quick says he is to blame for the 2-0 hole the defending Stanley Cup champions find themselves in in their opening-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, but veteran LA Times hockey scribe Helene Elliott is having none of it.

After dropping Game 2 by a score of 2-1 on Thursday night, Quick, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP a year ago after backstopping the Kings to the first title in franchise history, told the paper that he's "gotta be better" if his team is to advance. But Elliott believes the real problem isn't in net. It's the champs' inability to generate offense at the other end of the rink.

"The Kings have scored two goals on Brian Elliott in two games," Elliott, referring to the Blues' goalie, writes. "Quick was good enough."