LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick and Martin Brodeur hugged and spoke into each other’s ears in the Stanley Cup finals handshake line.
Brodeur was welcoming Quick to the club. The Los Angeles Kings’ quiet goalie is an NHL champion and one of hockey’s elite puck-stoppers after a postseason that even Brodeur never matched.
Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP on Monday night after yielding just 29 goals in the Kings’ 20 playoff games on the way to their first title.
Quick allowed a mere seven goals in six games in the finals, capping a breakthrough season for the Vezina Trophy finalist who kept the Kings competitive while they were the NHL’s lowest-scoring team for much of the regular season.
“I congratulated him,” Brodeur said. “I said he deserved the honor of winning the Stanley Cup and being the goalie to win the Stanley Cup. It’s always kind of nice for young players to relate. I tried to tell him it was important to enjoy this, because you never know when you’re going to get back. I’m 40, and I was able to get back there and not win it. But there’s a big (summer) ahead of him, that’s for sure.”
Quick is severely allergic to praise, and he directed everything back at the teammates who made him a champion. But his playoff performance has marked him as one of the world’s best, and the Kings’ fans will never forget it.
Source: ESPN Los Angeles.