Stats & Info: Jonathan Quick

Top stats to know: Kings win Stanley Cup

June, 14, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings concluded another amazing postseason run to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons, beating the New York Rangers in double overtime on Friday night.

The Kings have won two Stanley Cups in their history, both on home ice. They’re the first team to win two Cups in a three-season span since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

They are the fourth team to win at least three Cup Final games in overtime in a season, the first since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens beat the Kings.

This was the third Stanley Cup win for a Southern California team, with all three coming in the past eight seasons (the other was by the 2007 Anaheim Ducks).

Justin Williams was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Award as Most Valuable Player in the playoffs. His seven points were the most for any player in the Cup final.

Jonathan Quick backstopped all 16 wins for the Kings, the second time in three postseasons that he has done that.

The game-winning goal
Alec Martinez scored the game-winning goal on a rebound in the second overtime.

Martinez became the first player in NHL history to score a game-winning overtime goal both in the game that put his team into the Stanley Cup final and in a Stanley Cup final game in the same postseason.

It’s the first time a Cup-winning goal was scored in overtime since 2010 (Patrick Kane for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Philadelphia Flyers) and the first to come at home since Bob Nystrom tallied for the New York Islanders against the Flyers in 1980.

Martinez has six career postseason goals. Four of them have been game winners.

The overachieving Kings
The Kings finished the regular season tied for the ninth-best record in the NHL. Two seasons ago, when they won the Cup, they finished with the 13th-best record in the league.

The Kings averaged 3.38 goals per game this postseason, the highest of any team. They averaged 2.4 goals per game during the regular season, which ranked 26th in the league.

The Kings led for just 69:34 of a possible 369:45 (19 percent) of the series and failed to hold a lead in regulation in three of the games, winning two of those in overtime. The Rangers led for 111:04 (30 percent) of the series.

A long journey comes to an end
This was the 93rd game of the postseason, the most played in any postseason in NHL history. The Kings played in 26 of them, tied for most all time with the 1987 Flyers and 2004 Calgary Flames.

Top stats to know: 2014 Stanley Cup finals

June, 4, 2014
The 2014 Stanley Cup finals begins Wednesday when the Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers. The teams have met twice before in postseason play, with the Rangers winning the Preliminary Round series over the Kings in 1979 & 1981.

The Kings are in the Cup finals for the second time in three seasons, while the Rangers are making their first finals appearance since 1994.

Here are some of the top stats to know heading into this coast-to-coast series.

The matchup
This series is the first championship meeting between a team from New York City and a team from Los Angeles in the four major sports since 1981, when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in six games in the 1981 World Series.

Both the Rangers and the Kings had long series in each of the first three rounds of the 2014 playoffs. The Kings played 21 games (all three series going seven games), while the Rangers played 20 (two seven-game series and a six-game series).

Since all four rounds of the playoffs became seven-game series in 1987, no Stanley Cup Champion had played more than 18 games in the first three rounds of the playoffs, a mark that the eventual winner of this series has already surpassed.

The Kings
The Kings are trying to become the third West Coast team in the post-expansion era to win the Stanley Cup. The Kings themselves won in 2012 over New Jersey, while the Anaheim Ducks won in 2007 over the Ottawa Senators.

Kings center Anze Kopitar currently leads the playoffs in assists (19) and points (24). In Kings history, only Wayne Gretzky has had more assists in a single postseason (25) and only Gretzky (40) and Tomas Sandstrom (25) have racked up more points.

On the defensive end, the Kings allowed the fewest goals during the 2013-14 regular season (174). Since the NHL first made the playoffs more conference-based for the 1993-94 season, the team that has allowed the fewest goals during the regular season has gone on to win the Stanley Cup only four times.

The Rangers
The Rangers are seeking their first Stanley Cup since 1994, when they beat Vancouver in the Final. The Rangers have won the Stanley Cup four previous times, trailing only the Red Wings(11), Bruins (6) & Blackhawks (5) in Cup wins among U.S.-based teams.

Veteran right wing Martin St. Louis is among three Rangers tied for the team lead in points (with Derek Stepan & Ryan McDonagh) this postseason with 13 in 20 games. During the regular season, St. Louis had just eight points in 19 games with the Rangers after being acquired in a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline.

While there will be no shortage of offensive power, this series may come down to the netminders. Among the goaltenders on the rosters of the 16 teams to make the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, none has more career playoff shutouts than the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (9). Just behind him on that list is the Kings’ Jonathan Quick (8).
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Henrik Lundqvist
1. SAVING THE DAY: FROM ELIAS: Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 1-0 win in Game 3 of their series against the Ottawa Senators, one day after the Kings’ Jonathan Quick stopped 41 shots in a 1-0 victory at Los Angeles. Since the NHL began officially recording shots on goal more than 50 years ago, the only other goaltender to make 39-or-more saves in a 1-0 shutout in a non-overtime game was Martin Brodeur against Carolina in 2009 (44 saves). The Rangers’ 1-0 victory was only their second playoff win by that score since 1941. Lundqvist accounted for that other 1-0 win as well, beating the Capitals by a lone goal in Washington in 2009.

2. LeBRON FINISHES STRONG: FROM ELIAS: LeBron James scored Miami’s final 17 points in the team’s victory over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night. James is the fourth player to score 17 straight points for his team in a game this season, joining Deron Williams (18 on March 4), Chris Paul (17 on February 22) and Mo Williams (17 on January 22). Prior to James, the last player to score his team’s final 17 points of a game was Denver’s J.R. Smith on April 13, 2009.

3. VERLANDER THROWING HEAT: Last year’s AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander got his first win of the season as the Detroit Tigers won 3-2. Verlander had a complete game on 131 pitches, one shy of his career-high. He threw 19 fastballs in the ninth inning. Of those, seven were over 98 MPH. His final pitch of the night was 100.3 MPH, tied for the fastest pitch he threw ALL GAME. Since 2009, Justin Verlander has the highest average fastball velocity for any starter in the ninth inning. He is also the only starter in that time frame to throw a pitch over 100 MPH in the ninth.

Roy Halladay
4. HALLADAY OUTDUELS LINCECUM: Roy Halladay won a battle of Cy Young pitchers, allowing two earned runs in 8 innings as the Philadelphia Phillies won 5-2 over the San Francisco Giants and Tim Lincecum. FROM ELIAS: Halladay has registered a win while pitching at least seven innings and allowing two-or-fewer runs in each of his first three starts of the season, something he also did in his first three starts in his first season with the Phils in 2010. In the 36 seasons preceding Halladay’s arrival, only one other Phillies pitcher that started the season with the team registered a win, seven plus innings pitched and two-or-fewer runs allowed in each of his first three starts: Dennis Cook in 1990.

5. WORKING OVERTIME: FROM ELIAS: The Utah Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 123-121 in a triple overtime contest on Monday night. Utah has now played two games that have gone to at least triple overtime this season, losing a quadruple overtime game in Atlanta on March 25. Over the last 50 seasons, only five other teams have played multiple games that have gone to at least three overtimes in a single season: Phoenix in 1997-98 and 2005-06, New York in 2006-07, New Jersey in 2010-11 and Atlanta in 2011-12.