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Kings' Jones gets 8th win in 1st 8 NHL starts

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LOS ANGELES (AP)

Martin Jones made 23 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout to become the second goalie in NHL history to win each of his first eight games, and the Los Angeles Kings got goals from Jeff Carter and Justin Williams in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Jones has allowed just eight goals on 234 shots while filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick, and has posted shutouts against Montreal, Edmonton and the New York Islanders. The only other goalie to win his first eight games was Philadelphia's Bob Froese in 1982-83.

This was the second shootout involving Jones, who in his NHL debut on Dec. 3 stopped all nine shots in the tiebreaker for a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. In this one, he stopped Matt Duchene, PA Parenteau and Ryan O'Reilly. The only goal in the shootout was by Anze Kopitar, the Kings' second shooter.

The Kings are off to the best start after 37 games in franchise history at 25-8-4, and have won nine of their last 10 games. They are 22-1-2 when allowing fewer than three goals.

O'Reilly and Erik Johnson scored power-play goals and Duchene had two assists for the Avalanche, 4-4-2 in their last 10 games following a 17-5-5 start.

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