Jones shines as Kings pound Canadiens
December 12, 2013 - 2:21:26 pm
MONTREAL: Rookie Martin Jones is already making Los Angeles Kings ‘ history.
In Los Angeles’s 6-0 rout of the Canadiens yesterday, Jones became the first Kings goaltender to record a shutout against Montreal.
And he did it in just his third career NHL game. Jones is 3-0 with a 0.65 goals-against-average and a .973 save percentage. The shutout was also his second in as many games.
“ Maybe I didn’t expect to get that kind of start, but I don’t want to stop here,” Jones said.
“I want to make sure I keep working. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We’re playing some good teams.”
The 23-year-old earned his first win in his NHL debut last Tuesday, beating the Anaheim Ducks after a nine-round shootout. He followed up by making 16 saves to blank the New York Islanders on Saturday.
“ It’s been nice to get wins in different ways,” Jones said. “ That’s the sign of a good team, we get wins in different situations.”
Jones got the start in Montreal in place of Ben Scrivens, who leads the league in save percentage. And Scrivens is normally backup goaltender to Jonathan Quick, who’s out with a groin injury.
With Quick expected back in a couple of weeks, Jones’ performance could force coach Darryl Sutter to make a tough decision down the road.
“ Whenever I’m called upon, they’re going to get my best,” Jones said.
The Canadiens got his best on Tuesday at the Bell Centre, where Jones stopped all 31 shots he faced, including a seven-shot opening game flurry with the Canadiens on the power play.
“ If Jones wasn’t making the saves he was making, it could have been a completely different ball game right off the start,” said Anze Kopitar, who rewarded his goalie with a goal late in the first period, his ninth of the season.
“ He came up big for us. That game could have gone the complete opposite way.”
LA’s victory extended its winning streak to four games, snapping Montreal’s 10-game point streak. Los Angeles has earned a point in 15 of its past 16 games since Nov. 2, not allowing more than two non-shootout goals in any game during that dominant stretch. AGENCIES