The Los Angeles Times writes that a day after the Kings suffered one of their worst losses this season, goalie Jonathan Quick found himself surrounded by familiar allies, all of them saying mea culpa.
Little went well in a 5-2 loss to the Canucks at Vancouver on Saturday night, but everyone was lining up Sunday to share the blame. Quick is often his own worst critic and he had accepted responsibility immediately after the loss. The most valuable player of the playoffs last season, he watched his save percentage slip from .906 to .901 after the Canucks game.
Typically his frustration is aimed at himself, not his teammates, and that attitude goes a long way in cementing positive relationships, something that sets him apart from some other goalies.
It is also what endears him to his teammates and makes them want to play even harder in front of him.
“You don’t want anyone on your team throwing teammates under the bus,” Doughty said. “If we’re watching TV or whatever here and we see another guy on another team throw his team under the bus, immediately we just think that guy is a bad guy.
“You don’t ever see anyone on this team do that. That’s because we’re such a close team, a good group of guys. We all love each other and play for the man beside us.”