Maybe it took going to Sochi for the
"What was fun is going to the Olympics and watching other guys react, on Team USA," Brown said of Quick's performances in Russia. "They're saying: 'Really?' "
The Kings play at San Jose in Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday night, and it will be the 51st playoff game of Quick's career. In what is considered a toss-up series, the Kings hold the advantage in goal over the
For the Kings, their goalie crisis came long before April. Quick suffered an injured groin in November and missed nearly eight weeks, but backup
Brown was talking about the line between confidence and arrogance, and described how Quick sets the tone for the veteran-heavy Kings by trending toward the first quality.
"It's more of the same with Quickie," Brown said. "It's just the type of confidence he exudes, really. It's a trickle-down effect. When you have a goalie who is not arrogant but very confident, it goes a long way in the demeanor of the whole team.
"Quickie's quiet. He'll make a glove save and he won't do the big 'I-saved the puck' [flourish]. I guess that's the only way I can explain it. He'll make a save that he has no business making and he'll act like it's a routine save."
Including what was considered by many to be the save of the season, on
"The Scorpion Kick or whatever they call it," Brown said. "It's like that. Saves like that he shouldn't make. He doesn't make a big deal about it. But if you're looking from the other team, you're like: 'Did he really just make that?'
"I'm used to that. I've played with Quickie his whole career."
On top of that, Quick is, well, quick to snap the door shut on the past. It is seemingly his mantra to start talking about the next game on the schedule as soon as possible. He did just that after Saturday's regular-season finale against the
"The intensity goes up in big games for Quickie," Brown said. "A lot of our guys are built the same way. He's one of those guys who hates losing more than he likes winning. When you have that type of attitude when the games are bigger and the games are on the line that's when those type of players come through."
Said Quick: "This is the best time of the year. It's something you look forward to in August, or July. You're working out and you're looking forward to this time of year."
The Kings made one roster move before the playoffs, recalling forward Linden Vey from their
Vey practiced with the Kings on Wednesday in El Segundo before they departed for San Jose. He had five assists in 18 games with the Kings this season.
"You know what: You want to go in with as much man power as you can," Kings Coach