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Kings’ Jones falls short of another shutout, stays undefeated

Dec 20, 2013, 1:19 AM EST

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While Patrick Marleau rudely ruined Martin Jones‘ chance for a fourth shutout in seven games, the Los Angeles Kings rookie goalie’s hot start continues. He’s now 7-0-0 thanks to a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

The 23-year-old hasn’t even allowed a goal per game. After stopping 31 out of 32 shots tonight, he’s now made 203 out of 209 saves (translating to a .971 save percentage) in this dream-like start to his NHL career.

Jones was very close to the goose egg, too, as Marleau’s goal came with just 2:10 remaining in the contest.

It’s unlikely Jones or the Kings will be complaining much, though. They’ve now won eight out of nine games to push their record to 24-8-4 (52 points) on the season. They’re generating some value breathing room in front of the Sharks, who are now 21-8-6 (48 points) on the year.

They don’t have the longest winning streak by any means, but if you go with a big picture argument regarding the NHL’s hottest teams, the Kings have to be in that debate. There’s really no contest regarding Jones being the hottest goalie of the moment, though.

Thursday’s other big story from the game: Dustin Brown gets ejected for kneeing Tomas Hertl

  1. Professor Fate - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Nice to see the Kings getting it done early on in the season instead of waiting until it’s almost too late.

  2. btlpper68 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    He was good but how many open nets did the sharks have tonight -many

    • cybernetikghost - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      Both teams in front of him deserve 70% of the credit. Kings played well and bailed him out while the Sharks just were unlucky most of the times and couldn’t connect. There was a reason why it was between Jones and Quick for the #1 goalie position a few years ago though. Guy is good.

  3. jhaegs - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    This guy is good…

  4. blomfeld - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    COULD BE THAT THEY’VE TIRED OF THE FIGHT ?

    Friends, so said Colonel Chamberlain at the close of action on Day 2 at Gettysburg after repelling the ‘cream’ of Alabama’s military prowess in ‘no’ uncertain terms, up there on Little Round Top. And so must Coach Sutter now be telling the boys tonight in the wake of another ‘glorious & decisive’ victory over the Sharks. For if there was ever any doubt beforehand regarding what we Kings are all about, then surely now that will go by the wayside …

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. terrier92 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    A great story. Undrafted yet made the show and is playing lights out. Very inspiring

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