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Martin Jones improves to 8-0-0, ties NHL record

Dec 21, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

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Is Martin Jones‘ red-hot start all about his own talent or the support he receives from the strong team in front of him?

One could argue both sides, but the Los Angeles Kings probably don’t care, as the young goalie improved to 8-0-0 thanks to a 3-2 shootout win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Jones tied an NHL record by winning his first eight regular season games in the same season, sharing a mark with Bob Froese (who did so in 1982-83). Ray Emery stretched nine straight decisions over a larger frame, accounting for a separate record that’s also in Jones’ reach.

He still hasn’t had an ugly game yet, either. Colorado beat him twice on 25 shots, so the 23-year-old has allowed eight goals in eight games played. His GAA is still a shade below 1.00, however, as this game went beyond regulation. His save percentage “dropped” to an unsustainable .966 mark with this win.

Jeff Carter and Justin Williams gave the Kings a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but Colorado produced two power-play goals (Jones has only yieled four even-strength goals so far this season) to send the game to OT.

Impressively, Matt Duchene remains almost as hot as Jones; he has 12 points in his last six games and a four-game multi-point streak (two goals, seven assists) going.

It wasn’t enough to beat the Kings, however. Los Angeles improves to 26-7-5 while Colorado falls to 23-10-3 on the season.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Yet another congrats to Jones!!
    GKG!!!!!!!!!!!

    • polegojim - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Avs hung tough and came back strong….

      Reason #468 why the shootout should go away… next year.

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        I’m not going to argue with you, polegojim. I hate the shootout. Unfortunately, Bettman loves it; so, I think it’s here to stay. :(

        Colorado did play a good game. I’m still glad the Kings won.

      • polegojim - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        Yes Pat, taking nothing away from the Kings… the shootout ‘is’ the game for now and they won it.

        Real hockey fans like to see hockey games won or lost while watching real hockey… not All Star game side-show antics.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        I’d be curious to see a fan vote for/against the shootout. Wonder what the results would look like.

        I personally enjoy the skills displayed in shootouts, but I’m old school…. I think the shootout should be reserved for all star festivities – not used in a way that can alter league standings.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        I’d be curious to see a fan vote for/against the shootout. Wonder what the results would look like.

        I personally enjoy the skills displayed in shootouts, but I’m old school…. I think the shootout should be reserved for all star festivities – not used in a way that can determine league standings.

  2. lowenni - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Also set a league record for best career start I believe

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Tied. He’s matched Flyers Bob Froese’s NHL-record 8-0-0 start to a career in one season, set in 1982-83.

      • 19to77 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Wow. I’m no Kings fan, but I hope they pull off one more with him in net to set a new one. I love seeing rookies excel. He’s fast putting himself in Calder contention with this ridiculous streak.

  3. bagjr387 - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    This is just more proof that solid defensive built teams can win with any goalie…It seems to happen more every year…Not to take anything away from the guy.

    Antti Niemi, Corey Crawford are just a few names that come to mind

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Apart from Niemi is actually an elite goalie

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    blomfeld is somewhat delayed…

    the yearly dump of four feet of snow and sweeping bitter cold in the lower mainland has inhibited ability to stand on street corners with a hand full of pamphlets

    a hearty bowl of cream o’ wheat, steaming mug of ovaltine and a warm feet fireplace will be needed to thaw our intrepid beacon, lighthouse to all that is good in the kingdom of kings…

    amen brother, aaaaamen

    • blomfeld - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      ‘There’s Kings down that road ‘thick as fleas’ and that by God is the Lord’s truth !

      Yes, I’m here friend at our beloved PHT website, checking in to see what the world of NHL hockey has in store for us today … and lo and behold, it looks like them ‘damn’ Kings of Los Angeles won again ? … “Major Sorrel … would you kindly get over to General Lee’s headquarters and notify him about this?” … now I’ll level with you Flugga, as I’m not exactly sure as to which side you’re going to be ‘truly’ on in the coming fight ? … but that ain’t gonna bother me none one bit … yes siree ! … cuz my name is Blomfeld and I’m gonna ‘serve and love’ our LA King’s cause til the end of time ! :)

  5. itwasafumble - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    The Kings are actually 25-8-4, not 26-7-5.

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      You’re right. Good catch. Looks as if O’Brien pulled out his crystal ball and predicted and posted the Ducks’ record (before they beat the Islanders).

      All I want for Christmas is for the Ducks to lose the same day the Kings win. Is that so much to ask, Santa?

      • itwasafumble - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        I’m hoping that happens on January 25th, for sure.

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        From your mouth to Santa’s (and the hockey gods’) ear.

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        Santa is obviously dyslexic. I wrote: Ducks LOSE, Kings WIN!

  6. blomfeld - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    VERY ‘CHURCHILLIAN’ INDEED !

    Another day and another victory for our ‘glorious’ Kings of Los Angeles. The ‘heroic’ efforts of comrade Jones and his ‘meteoric’ rise to fame are now the ‘talk of the town’ everywhere from here in Vancouver to the dense and steamy jungles of Upper Volta. Yes friends, I even had a congratulatory text message today from the President of the newly formed Tutsi ‘Martin Jones’ Fan Club ! … you just gotta love it man ! :)

    Anyhow, coming off the heels of what many would call a truly ‘Nelsonian’ effort the other night (Lord Horatio Nelson) by our very own ‘dedicated & selfless’ Captain Brown, tonight’s performance by young Martin Jones is starting to remind me of another great English hero of yesteryear who ‘defiantly’ stood up against his detractors and refused ‘that’ which they wanted. Of course I’m referring to the ‘indefatigable’ British PM Winston Churchill, who told the House of Commons back in those heady days of late 1940 … “Herr Hitler said that we were like some chicken whose neck would be wrung ? … well then … some chicken ! … some neck !”

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

  7. ynothockey - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Hate the Kings but this is impressive for him to step in for Quick and put up some great numbers.

  8. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Very impressive, but Bob Froese’s record is a little better. If Froese did it today he’d still be 8-0-0. If Jones did it in 1982, he’d be 6-0-2. His two shootout wins would be ties.

    The guy I feel sorry for is Ben Scrivens. He was doing great too before Jones came in… He lost a few but it wasn’t because of him. The team wasn’t scoring. Doesn’t seem to matter who LA puts in net. Good for Jones though.

    Should be interesting to see how it plays out when Quick comes back. If Jones keeps this up, is Quick still the #1? Either way LA has a juicy piece of trade bait if they need it.

  9. proudliberal85392 - Dec 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Jonathan Who?

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      You should not be proud of that remark, proudliberal. It made me sad just to read it.

      Jonathan Quick is still heralded as the best goalie on the planet. No matter how fantastic Martin Jones plays, Quick is still the Kings’ #1 goalie.

      • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Pat – Please disregard this comment by Proudliberal85392 who I know to be a ‘good’ man. He’s a loyal supporter of Bettman’s ‘experiment’ there in the desert and I believe that he means well, notwithstanding his ‘disparaging’ remarks above. Regardless, you hit the nail right on the head with your assertion that Jonathan Quick is the ‘best’ goalie on the planet … or ‘universe’ for that matter, unless of course they play hockey on Pluto ? The bottom line is that ‘ours’ is a team oozing with ‘esprit de corps’ like no other. Therefore ‘selfless’ acts such as Scrivens and Jones providing ‘more than adequate’ cover while Quick mends his hurts, is nothing other than ‘par for the course’ for us Kings. Never forget that ‘ours’ is a team of destiny, driven entirely by skill, commitment, sacrifice and providence …

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

        ps: just take Proudliberal’s silly remarks and return them to sender ! :)

    • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      *** somewhere in the Ardennes Forest ***

      Blomfeld: Tiger One to Tiger Two, over ?

      Tiger Two: Tiger Two here, over ?

      Blomfeld: Tiger Two … blow that piece of junk off the bridge, over ?

      Tiger Two: consider it done comrade ! :)

  10. proudliberal85392 - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    patthehockeyfan, I’m a Coyotes fan. Sue me.

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Okay. How much are you worth?

  11. proudliberal85392 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    blomfeld, you slay me. pat, just pointing out the so-called flavor of the week mentality of many fans. Truth is, JQ might be the best, as I’ve seen numerous times vs. my Yotes. Darn it!

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