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Jonathan Quick was in a corner of the room, hemmed in, and he all but growled when asked a perfectly reasonable question. Is it natural that, after whipping through the West like a wildfire, the Los Angeles Kings are finally being tested? Is it natural that all of a sudden, this isn’t easy anymore?
“I felt we were tested pretty hard in the first, second and third round,” said Quick, in the moments after the Kings had lost a second consecutive game to the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, after taking a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup final. “Just because we were able to come out on top doesn’t mean we weren’t tested. You look at all the games; three out of every four wins that we had in each series were one-goal games. So if you don’t think we were tested in those series, you should be doing a different sport.”