After posting a 3-0-0 record, 1.00 Goals Against Average, .972 Save Percentage, and a shutout, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones was named the NHL’s second star of the week ending on December 15, as he led his team to 48 points, 22-8-4, moving them to second place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference and the League.
The 23-year-old, in his first five NHL starts went 5-0-0, .99 Goals Against Average, .967 Save Percentage, and two shutouts, making his NHL debut against the Anaheim Ducks on December 3, where the Kings won in a shootout. He went on to start four more consecutive games. He got a shutout against the New York Islanders on December 7, and got a consecutive shutout against the Montreal Canadiens (the first shutout the Kings recorded in club history against the Canadiens) on December 10. Jones had extended his shutout streak to 177:16 minutes, until a second period goal from the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 11 ended it. He ended his week saving 37 of the Ottawa Senators shots as the Kings won 5-2 on December 14.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the North Vancouver, B.C. native, is the first goaltender in the League’s history to allow an average of less than one goal per game while winning each of his first five career games.
The first star was Washington Capitals right wing, Alex Ovechkin, leading the NHL with five goals and recording his third career four-goal game, 13th career hat-trick.
The third star was Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton, 3-0-0, with 1.33 Goals Against Average, .960 Save Percentage, leading the Predators to their second three-game winning streak of the season.
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