Report card: Los Angeles Kings
Updated: June 11, 2012, 10:45 PM ETBy Scott Burnside | ESPN.com
Goaltending: A+What else can you say about Jonathan Quick? The dude was a fortress. He got into the heads of the Canucks, Blues, Coyotes and Devils, players on those teams trying so hard to make perfect shots that they began to miss the net more than hit it late in all four of those series. Quick was nominated for the Vezina Trophy after a regular season in which he kept the Kings afloat while they struggled to score and find their consistency. He brought his game up another level in the playoffs, as if that was even possible.
Defense: APerfect balance. That's what the Kings had on defense. Three puck-movers paired with three stay-at-home, shutdown types. Three righties with three lefties. After Jack Johnson was traded to Columbus and Slava Voynov was called up to replace him on the second pairing, everything fell into place. Rob Scuderi played with Drew Doughty on a top pairing that had a dominant playoffs. Not to be outdone, Willie Mitchell was a major minutes player and played with the emerging Voynov on the second pair. The underrated Alec Martinez completed the pairs with shot-blocking machine Matt Greene. Doughty, after a two subpar regular seasons in a row, re-emerged in the playoffs as the all-world defenseman who first exploded on the scene in 2010. There will be Norris Trophies in his future. His play this postseason was certainly Conn Smythe-worthy.