Kings’ Jones gets 8th win in 1st 8 NHL starts
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
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.