Sunday, January 31, 2010

Quick, Kings beat Devils with 2 goals in final 1:46

Click for larger version of Quick's glove.

At the time Quick made the save of the game, the Kings were down 2-1 late in the third period. Somehow, Quick managed to get his glove in front of a puck he couldn't see, stopping a sure goal and keeping the Kings within one. This is the type of save I want to make once in my life. It's not a save you make from being in position, it's not a save you make from having good reactions, it's a save you make because you got really lucky. Really, incredibly lucky. Which makes it a save I'm capable of. Maybe.

The tying goal made Brodeur look Marcus-esque, as Simmonds slipped a shot from a tough angle between Brodeur's leg and the post. The winning goal, with 28 seconds left, came on a center point shot from Doughty that made it through traffic and deflected off Brodeur to go in five-hole.

Let's recap this weekend:
  • Huskies beat Old Dominion 74-64.
  • Kings beat Bruins 3-2 in a shootout. (watch Anze in the shootout, recap video here)
  • Lakers beat Celtics 90-89. (video)
  • Kings beat Devils 3-2 after being down 2-1 as late as 18:13 in the third period.
Talk about some fortuitous bounces of the puck. The Kings are now 4th in the Western Conference, with a chance at home ice in the playoffs if they can stay there.

Playoffs? Playoffs?! Unbelievably, yes. The Kings missing the playoffs would be a tremendous disappointment.

The Huskies sit at 9-2 in the CAA, tied for second place, with the likelihood of a first-round bye in the CAA tournament growing weekly. If this team fails to win the CAA tournament, and thus misses the NCAA tournament, they will have squandered the best team this school has had since the Reggie years. It's important to note that they live and die by the three pointer, so they're likely to be very streaky. A good streak would take them well into the NCAA's.

The Lakers, despite some late struggles, are still up 4 games over Denver for first in the West. They're 9.5 games in front of Phoenix in the Pacific, code for "rest Kobe for the playoffs, please."

Beanpot tomorrow.

1 comment: said...

I am a New Jersey Devils fan. I can’t believe they lost to the Kings yesterday, blowing a two-goal lead. Congratulations to the Kings though on going 5-0-0 on their road trip that concluded with the game against New Jersey. It is their first 5-0 road trip in team history.