ST. LOUIS - Arguably the two hottest goalies in the NHL will meet when the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings meet in the Western Conference semifinals beginning later this week.
The second-seeded Blues reached the second round by defeating the San Jose Sharks in five games while the eighth-seeded Kings pulled off a shocker by upsetting the Presidents Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks in five games.
And both teams had similar recipes for success: great goaltending and timely offense. The Kings Jonathan Quick and the Blues Brian Elliott could both wind up being Vezna Trophy finalists. Only one of them will advance to the conference finals.
One of the best young goaltenders in hockey, Quick was fifth in the NHL with 35 wins in the regular season and his 1.95 goals against average was second only to Elliott, who led the league with a 1.56 GAA.
Elliott also led the NHL with a .940 save percentage, while Quick was fifth with a .929 save percentage. With the way the pair of goalies ...