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Jonathan Quick On Breaking USA Shutout Record: "It's Cool"

One day, Jonathan Quick will take credit for something.

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Last night was an unqualified success for the Los Angeles Kings, but I know I wasn't the only one sweating in the final two minutes of last night's 5-0 win. To begin with, I just really wanted Quick to hold onto his shutout because of how well he had played throughout the game, and I doubly wanted him to keep it because it was against the Chicago Blackhawks, a team he's struggled against throughout his career. (Quick entered last night's game with a .906 career SV% vs. Chicago.) There was another reward, too, and not just a moral one: Quick held on for this 41st career shutout to break the record for American-born goaltenders.

Quick reacted how you'd expect him too: by turning away every bit of praise as easily as he turned away Chicago's shots. Via LA Kings Insider:

It was a lot tougher for him to get shutouts when he was playing. It’s cool, it’s a team effort, too, to get a shutout, so you’re thankful for all of your teammates over the years, but at the same time I think his shutouts probably worth two of mine, so you take it with a grain of salt.

Well, if that's true, Jonathan Quick is only 39 shutouts away from tying the all-time shutout record for American-born goaltenders!

With all due respect, Mr. Quick, it only took you 463 games to tie a record Vanbiesbrouck set in 882 games. By the time you match his career games played total, you may very well double his count. He's in the midst of his best season since 2011-12, after all; who's to say he can't maintain this form for a while? And if he does do that, and he gets to 80 shutouts and cracks the all-time NHL top ten, you know exactly what's he's going to say: "It's cool."