Carter Scores Hat-Trick, Quick Earns Shutout
(5/16/12) Jeff Carter was fairly quiet through the first two rounds, but he rocketed up the list of playoff scorers with a hat-trick in Game 2 Tuesday night. He now has 7 points in the postseason, putting him into a tie for 31st in playoff scoring, and his outburst led the Kings to a 4-0 win over the Coyotes, and a 2-0 lead in the series.
Meanwhile, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick continued his spectacular play, posting his 7th straight win and his second shutout of the playoffs. He's now 10-1, with a 1.45 GAA, and a .951 SV% this postseason. If the Kings go on to the final, Quick has to be the front-runner for the Conn Smythe, and we'll pick him as the early favorite as fantasy playoff MVP as well. Under standard scoring, with two points per win and two per shutout, Quick is the top scorer in playoff pools - 10 wins and 2 shutouts is good for 24 points, 7 more than the top skater, Claude Giroux.
The only player close to Quick in terms of points is fellow netminder Henrik Lundqvist, who also notched a shutout - his second of the playoffs - in his last game on Monday, when the Rangers handled the Devils 3-0 in Game 1 of the Eastern Final. Lundqvist is 9-6, with a 1.57 GAA and a .940 SV% in the playoffs - good for 22 fantasy points.