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

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.