Had his offense given him even a little bit to work with, the story may have turned out differently for Cal Petersen. After arriving in Denver late due to a COVID scare, the Kings young netminder went out and made a career high 44 saves against the Avalanche on Friday night. Even so, that wasn’t enough and he ended up taking the loss in net, with LA falling to Colorado 2-0.
Following the game, Petersen shared the following comments:
On being placed in COVID-19 protocol and not traveling to Denver with the Kings
It was a bit of surprise. I got notified that I was being put in protocol and had to wait it out, take it day-by-day, and follow the rules of the protocol. By this morning, I was able to get released back and was revealed it was false positive. I’m glad to be back and I’m glad it was handled well and I was able to join the team.
If he felt stronger as the game was going on
You can’t really choose the game that you face. I was trying to stop everything that came my way.
On his defense helping him achieve a career-high 44 saves
We held it down and gave ourselves a chance at the end there. There was a lot of commitment to blocking shots. I think the thing that hurt us is we spent so much time defending that we weren’t able to get a lot of momentum offensively. Our effort in the d-zone was awesome and they really helped me out.
On if the absence of Jonathan Quick gives him an opportunity to prove he can carry a larger workload
It’s a great opportunity. We don’t want Jonathan hurt or anything like that. He’s gonna be back really soon. We’ve kept in touch a lot when we were both out. Whatever game I get the nod for, I’m doing my best to give the team a chance to win. [Troy Grosenick] stepped in last time and gave the team a great chance to win. For us, whatever goalie is in the net, they’re doing everything they can. The team supports them and the team rallies for them.
Todd McLellan’s postgame comments can be found here.
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Cathie Ingold says
I’ve had the pleasure of watching Cal since his first game with the Reign. The first time we watched him, we all said this kid’s got something special! (Following you, we’re now paying closer attention to our college prospects Lol) It was joy to watch him grow, but so said when he got the final call up and he was gone. It was like losing your kid.
Anyway, it was definitely noticeable when he came back after his call ups, his play and style were very Quick-like. Quickie’s style of tending is his own, and even now watching Cal he seems he even more Quick-like. Is it mentor to student with them? Or as we like to think one elite teaching the next elite? There’s no question Cal is the real deal, just like Quickie! Just wondered your thoughts on if it was just a coincidence in style or something more/less? Thanks for your time!
PS: Randomly came across an article you wrote in National Dragster about your Dad. It was a beautiful tribute to your Dad. Can’t believe I never made the connection before that!
John Hoven says
Haven’t really seen a connection between their styles. Interesting observation.
And thank you for the kind words regarding the article about my dad. He was an amazing father and I was lucky to have him.