GLENDALE, Ariz. It was a knife to the gut for every Kings fan who was sure Jonathan Quick had ended their goaltending nightmares and freed them from screaming aloud at the mention of names like Roman Cechmanek, Dan Cloutier and Robb Stauber.
Quick yielded a goal from the red line Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference finals, a shocking development on several levels. First, being beaten on an unscreened, 98-foot shot by Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris was uncharacteristic for Quick, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie during the season and a postseason MVP candidate. And it allowed the Coyotes to pull even in a game the Kings had been dominating, making it a potential tipping point.
Not to worry. Even though Quick was involved in a mix-up with his defensemen on Phoenix's second goal, which tied the score again, he sent the ghosts of the Kings' ghastly goaltending back to their coffins.
Quick held firm in the third period, repelling a late push by the...