Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick's 2.72 goals-against average is far from the top of the playoff leaderboard. But his reputation hasn't changed among the Blackhawks.
"Top goaltender in the NHL, one of them," Hawks winger Patrick Sharp said. "Got a lot of experience in the playoffs, the Olympics. He's good at everything, moving the puck, making saves. You have to do your best to outwork him as a forward, get the second and third opportunities in front of the net, deflections, rebounds where he doesn't see it."
Unlike other opponents who have faced Quick, the Hawks have figured out how to solve him.
Quick gave up just 1.54 goals per game in the first two rounds last season before facing the Hawks, who blasted him with 14 goals in five games. He gave up five goals in a regular-season loss to the Hawks in January.
"He's one of the most aggressive goalies in the league, and he covers the low pretty well," Marian Hossa said. "We definitely need to have traffic in front of the net and go for the second chances."
Quick has a .914 save percentage through this season's playoffs but he has come up big when it matters.
"What can I say about the guy?" Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's pretty amazing. Looking at what he's done this year in the playoffs, being out of position as many times as he's been out, and finding a way to beat him or his team is quite a compliment. He's a special goalie. We need bodies and shots and frequency of doing that."
The Hawks have done it before.
Shaw on ice: Andrew Shaw finally made it back on the ice.
But he won't play Sunday.
The forward has missed every game since a lower-body injury in Game 1 against the Wild. He practiced Friday for the first time since being hurt.
Quenneville was vague about Shaw's return to competition, saying he expects it "sooner" than later.
Rozy's return? Despite making defenseman Michal Rozsival a healthy scratch in the last two games against the Wild, Quenneville could return the veteran to the lineup.
"Yeah, he could play," Quenneville said. "Rozy is one of those guys experience-wise, you like him in your lineup. Defensively sound. Offensively, got real good patience and play recognition. So he gives you a real good intangible that you like to see."
He had been benched for Sheldon Brookbank.
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