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NHL - US Sports: Quick revelling in Kings' play-off charge

Head coach Todd McLellan feels that netminder Jonathan Quick is performing to his very best just when the Los Angeles Kings need him the most.

The Kings, 28/1 to win the Stanley Cup, had 15 saves from 36-year-old Quick to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday and extend their lead for third place in the Pacific Division.

Kings win three in a row

The play-off hopeful Kings have won three straight games to move five points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights, who have a game in hand.

Quick has won his past three starts for the Kings and registered a a .956 save-percentage and 1.00 goals-against-average (GAA) during that run.

In 44 games this season, the American has recorded 21 wins with a .909 save-percentage and 2.60 GAA.

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Quick has spent his entire 14 season NHL career with Los Angeles and has led them to the Stanley Cup twice, in 2012 and 2014.

In 2012, Quick won 16 of 20 play-off games for the Kings with a sensational .946 save-percentage and 1.41 GAA and he was named the Conn Smyth Trophy winner as the post-season's most valuable player.

Quick stepping up for Kings

In 85 play-off appearances, Quick has a .922 save-percentage and 2.23 GAA.

Fifty-four-year-old McLellan was hired by the Kings in April 2019, but he has yet to reach the play-offs with the team.

He said about Quick’s form: "This is his time of year and he has elevated his game. Players get into a zone and I believe he's found that zone. "

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