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Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) skates to greet goalie Jonathan Quick (32) after defeating the against the St. Louis Blues in a shoot out at Staples Center. Kings won 1-0. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES – Goalie Jonathan Quick was outstanding in net for the Kings on Thursday night, as the home team made it a difficult night to be a fan of St. Louis sports. Quick made 43 saves, including one amazing glove save in the third period, and stopped all three of the Blues shootout attempts in overtime as the Kings defeated the Blues 1-0.

If you’re a fan of defensive hockey and outstanding goalie play, than this game was for you; for over 60 minutes, Quick stopped anything sent his way and then for good measure, denied T.J. Oshie, Alesander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko in the shootout to keep the game scoreless. The shutout was Quick’s Kings record tying 32nd career shutout. Jeff Carter scored the only goal for the Kings in the shootout as St. Louis fans had their heartbroken for the second time in as many hours on Thursday night. Earlier in the evening at around 9:15PM, San Francisco Giants outfielder, Travis Ishikawa, hit a walk-off three run homerun to end the season for the St. Louis Cardinals. Less than two hours later, it was Carter’s turn to drown the hopes of St. Louis. For most of the evening, the Blues looked like the more aggressive team throughout the night and probably should have left Staples Center with a victory.

It was clear after the game that the Kings stole one from St. Louis, as Quick carried his team on his back with save after save. In comparison to Quick’s 43 saves, Brian Elliot, the goalie for the Blues only made 18 saves. Regardless, Quick is now just one shutout away from the all-time Kings record.

“I wish we did the last game,” Jeff Carter said referring to the team’s 6-1 victory against Edmonton on Tuesday in which the Oilers scored a goal with 21 seconds left to play. “We could have broke the record [for Quick] tonight. That’s a great accomplishment for him. There’s going to be many more, I’m sure. We know what Quickie brings to this team. He deserves it.”

Quick will have his next opportunity to break the record at home in Los Angeles on Sunday when the Kings host the Minnesota Wild.

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