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Jonathan Quick really might be a star

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 28: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings is congratulated by Willie Mitchell #33 after recording a shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on December 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jonathan Daniel

If I remember correctly, big-name sports columnist Bill Simmons often considers a player a star if he forces the opposing team to utter a bunch of “We had no answer for him"-type quotes. Jonathan Quick might be a star, then, because the Chicago Blackhawks provided those kinds of comments about him after he stopped all 38 of their shots in a 2-0 Los Angeles Kings win last night.

Marian Hossa’s take, via’s Tracey Myers: “Their goalie played unbelievable. He basically won the game for them.”

Here is what Viktor Stalberg said (also via Myers): “A lot of rebounds were sitting there but those guys were diving and saving them. I don’t know how they stayed out.”

Finally, here’s what Jonathan Toews had to say, via Adam Jahns: “You’d have to say he had a horseshoe you-know-where on a few of those plays.”

Lucky or not, Quick continues to keep the Kings in the picture with saves like these:

Quick now leads the NHL with five shutouts, which would be solid for a full season, let alone just about half. It doesn’t look like Los Angeles will be a high-scoring team under Darryl Sutter, but if they keep up this nice level of effort, the coaching change might just work out pretty well.