Coming off what had to be one of the worst playoff performances of his career in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, it had to be expected that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was going to bounce back in Tuesday night's Game 3 in LA.
That's exactly what he did when he stopped 19 of the 20 shots that he faced in Los Angeles' 3-1 win to help keep his team in the series and avoid falling into what would have been a nearly insurmountable three-game hole.
Before Sunday's clunker, in which Quick was pulled early in the second period after giving up four goals on just 17 shots, the 2012 Conn Smythe winner hadn't surrendered more than three goals in any of his 34 playoff games over the past two years. He had allowed three goals in only four of those games. He was probably due for a game like that -- it happens, even to the best -- but it wasn't going to be something that lasted.
He's just too good for that.
The Kings helped him out a bit on Tuesday by playing what was easily their best game of the series, finally finding a way to establish some sort of a forecheck on the Blackhawks to sustain some offensive-zone pressure, but Quick still had to make some big saves late in the game to preserve the win.
None were bigger than this incredible blocker save on Bryan Bickell with three minutes to play in what was still a one-goal game.
And that's why Quick is the reigning playoff MVP, one of the leading contenders for the award this season and arguably the best goalie in the NHL.
That's also a potential season-saving stop for the Kings.
If Bickell found the back of the net on that shot and sent the game to overtime, you're pretty much a coin-flip away from being down 3-0 in the series.