Thursday, January 12, 2012
Kings' Jonathan Quick, Ducks' Corey Perry named All Stars
By Dan Arritt
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was selected to his first All Star team Thursday morning, becoming the first netminder from the franchise to receive the honor in 31 years.
Ducks right wing Corey Perry was also one of 36 players chosen to play Jan. 29 in Ottawa. They will join six others already selected through fan balloting.
For the second straight season, the teams will be comprised through a player draft, orchestrated by a captain from either side.
Quick, a Milford, Conn. native who turns 26 next week, will join three other former Kings goaltenders who made All Star teams. Terry Sawchuck was selected in 1968, Rogie Vachon in 1973, ’75 and ’78 and Mario Lessard in 1981.
Quick is 18-11-6 this season and leads the league with six shutouts, including a franchise-record three straight in October. His 1.93 goals-against average is fourth-best in the league and his.934 save percentage is fifth.
He’s expected to be in net Thursday night when the Kings host the Dallas Stars at Staples Center.
Perry was selected to his second straight All Star Game and third overall. After winning the Hart Memorial Trophy last season as the league’s most valuable player and scoring a league-leading 50 goals, Perry got off to a slow start with just three goals and four assists in 11 games in October. He appears to be on another one of his hot streaks, however, owning four goals and two assists through four games this month.
His 18 goals on the season are tied for 12th in the NHL.