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NHL - US Sports: Kings finding identity in playoffs

After tying their Western Conference First Round series with the Edmonton Oilers 2-2, netminder Jonathan Quick said the Los Angeles Kings have found the identity which he believes will lead them to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Kings, 2/1 to win the best-of-seven series and 40/1 to be crowned Stanley Cup Champions in 2021/22, had 31 saves from Quick to shut-out the Oilers 4-0 in Game 4 on Sunday.

Star of the playoffs

By blanking the Oilers, the 36-year-old recorded a 10th playoff shut-out of his career, an achievement particularly pleasing after being outscored 14-2 in the previous two games.

Quick has spent his entire 14 season NHL career with Los Angeles, who drafted him in the third-round of the 2005 NHL entry draft.

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Over that time, he has played in eight playoff campaigns, recording 48 wins in 89 appearances, with a .921 save-percentage and 2.29 goals-against-average (GAA).

He has lifted the Stanley Cup twice with the Kings in 2011/12 and 2013/14 and during his first run to the championship, he was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Kings back in the big time

The Kings are participating in the playoffs for the first time in four seasons after they achieved a third-place finish in the Pacific Division (44-27-11), five points behind the Oilers. Game 5 of the series is in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Quick, who has started all four games so far with a .910 save-percentage and 2.59 GAA said his team have found a blueprint.

"I mean, we played the game that got us to the playoffs," he said. "We got pucks deep, we forechecked, blocked shots, (got) pucks to the net and rebounds. We play that way, we can be successful."

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