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Putting Jonathan Quick’s performance in perspective

The numbers are incredible.

In fact, if you don't account for the low scoring era we're in right now, they'll be record breaking.

Going into Wednesday's potentially deciding Game 4, Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick has a 1.36 goals-against average and .950 save percentage that eclipses anything produced by another NHL goalie in the playoffs in the past 50 years.

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Among goaltenders that played at least 15 games in a postseason run, those are the the best marks in league history, besting Chris Osgood's 1.51 goals-against average in 2008 and J-S Giguere's .945 save percentage in a memorable losing cause in 2003.

(Quick would likely have to allow more than three goals in Game 4 to drop his save percentage below Giguere's.)

Now, there are a couple caveats there. For one, save percentage has only been recorded since 1984, which leaves out years and years of goaltending feats.

For another, as mentioned above, this has been a low scoring year. The first three games of the finals have had a total of 10 goals, bringing the postseason average to just 4.84 goals per game.

There have also been a handful of goaltenders to post lower goals-against averages in fewer games played, with Terry Sawchuk leading the way after he famously allowed only five goals in eight games in the 1952 playoffs.

Even allowing those issues, however, Quick has had an incredible run, one that will likely be capped with a Conn Smythe Trophy as soon as Wednesday night.

Top playoff goaltending performances

Kings netminder Jonathan Quick is on the verge of posting modern day postseason records in goals-against average and save percentage

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