Goalies versus dangerous shots

Jonathan Quick tops in playoffs at thwarting best scoring chances

Updated: May 30, 2013, 9:33 PM ET
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider

Jonathan QuickAP Photo/Mark J. TerrillJonathan Quick leads all goalies this postseason with a .948 save percentage.

Clutch. That's what they call you when you perform during crunch time. For goalies, that means making key saves at key times. Take the 2011-12 postseason, when Jonathan Quick stopped 509 of 538 shots (.946 save percentage) and had a 1.41 goal-against average during the Los Angeles Kings' run to the Stanley Cup, earning him the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

This postseason, Quick leads all playoff goalies with a .948 save percentage and a 1.50 GAA as the Kings remain in the hunt to become the first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings (1997 and 1998).

But Quick isn't making just the routine saves; he is stopping the lion's share of the dangerous shots he has faced.


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Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.