Martin Jones is simply trying to win games for the Los Angeles
Kings, not worry about any sort of streak that may come along with
That hasn’t stopped the rookie goaltender from receiving plenty
of attention, and he may get a shot to set an NHL record with his
ninth straight winning start to begin a career when surging Los
Angeles hosts the Dallas Stars on Monday night.
Jones is 8-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average since making
his debut with a victory over Anaheim on Dec. 3, joining
Philadelphia’s Bob Froese in 1982-83 as the only other goalie to
accomplish the feat.
He’s posted three shutouts while stopping 226 of 234 shots
faced, helping the Kings (25-8-4) get off to the best 37-game start
in team history.
Los Angeles blew a two-goal lead against Colorado on Saturday,
but Jones stopped all three attempts in the shootout after making
23 saves through overtime for a 3-2 win.
The Kings have won five straight at home and nine of 10
”Honestly, I don’t even know what the record is,” Jones said.
”It’s a good start and it’s something to build off of. I just
wanted to make sure I came in here and did the things that made me
successful in the past.”
He’s filled in nicely for star No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick, who
has been on injured reserve since suffering a groin injury Nov.
”Everything is more magnified up here, so it’s good to keep
level,” Jones said. “It’s been fun, but I want to make sure I stay
focused and prepared for the next game, and you can’t do that by
thinking about the last game.”
Justin Williams and Jeff Carter scored in regulation Saturday
while Anze Kopitar netted the shootout winner for the Kings, 22-1-2
when giving up fewer than three goals.
”No disrespect to (Jones), but I don’t think anybody was
thinking that he was going to step in and pretty much fill
Quickie’s shoes like he is right now,” Kopitar said.
Quick was in net the last time Los Angeles faced Dallas, as
Williams had two goals and an assist and Kopitar added three
assists in a 5-2 win Oct. 19.
Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist apiece
in that contest for the Stars, who had won two straight before
falling 3-2 in a shootout at San Jose on Saturday.
Ray Whitney and Antoine Roussel scored the game’s first two
goals, but the Sharks tied it in the third before winning the
”It’s always frustrating to lose, and (Saturday) it felt deeper
for whatever reason,” Roussel said. ”It’s still a learning curve
for us. We played a great game but we couldn’t get the big
Making matters worse, Dallas (17-12-6) may be missing Sergei
Gonchar from an already thin defensive unit with Stephane Robidas,
Trevor Daley and Aaron Rome out with injuries.
Gonchar took a puck to the head in the second period and didn’t
return. His status is unclear.
“He’s all right,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “He just took that puck
to the face and isn’t feeling well, so he has to stay out for a
Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves Saturday and could be in net for
this contest. He’s 2-3-2 with a 3.49 GAA over his last seven