After finally recovering from a groin muscle injury, Los Angles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick insisted he wasn’t rusty.
“If I was feeling rust, I wouldn’t have told them I was ready to go,” Quick told reporters after dispatching the Canucks 3-1 in his first game.
Initially the Kings hoped to Quick same game action at the AHL level, but a massive snowstorm created travel problems and killed that plan.
So Quick saw his first action against Vancouver in a showdown game against a tough Pacific Division rival. He had to settle in against the likes of Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
“No matter what, it’s always good to see a few shots early,” he said. “It gets you in the game. That was the case for both goalies tonight. We saw a good amount of shots early, and it got us into the game. It was a good hockey game. It was back and forth. Both teams had chances. We’re fortunate to get the two points.”
LA’s five-game losing streak added urgency to this game. Back-up goaltenders Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones hit a rough patch just as Quick was wrapping up his rehab work.
“We’ve had some games where we’ve played well, and we just didn’t catch the bounces,” Quick said. “We haven’t won in five. That’s what it was. But I don’t think ‘struggling’ is the word. We’ve had a few of those games where we’ve played really good hockey games, and we just didn’t catch the bounces. One-goal games, that’s the way it is. That happens.”