The Los Angeles Kings found themselves in another past regulation game with the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at STAPLES Center, where they claimed the home ice and became victorious 3-2 in a shootout, sending the Avalanche packing as goaltender Martin Jones made history.
The team embraced Jones congratulating him on the victory and making history. He is officially tied for best-career start in NHL history, 8-0-0. He is tied with Bob Froese, who set the eight game record with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1982-83 season. The 23-year made 23 saves against the Avalanche and now has 0.98 Goals Against Average, .966 Save Percentage, and three Shutouts. As if Jones’ stats aren’t impressive enough, he has stopped all 12 shootout attempts.
The Kings penalty kill weakened, allowing two power play goals in a game for the first time since losing to the Nashville Predators on November 2.
The Kings have allowed two goals or less, and haven’t allowed a first period goal in the last 21 out of 22 games.
The Kings offense pulled through leading 2-0 until the end of the second. They scored two goals, but six different players recorded a point.
At 5:25 in the second period Justin Williams put the Kings ahead, assisted by Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown. At 14:02 the Avalanche got their first goal on a power play.
At 10:27 in the third period they got another goal to tie the game and send it into overtime. Overtime was scoreless and the game went to a shootout.
For the Avalanche the three shooters were Matt Duchene, Pa Parenteau and Ryan O’Reilly, all three denied by Jones. For the Kings it was Carter, Kopitar and Brown, Kopitar got the only and game winning goal.
The Kings with 54 points, 25-8-4, have the best 37-game mark in the clubs history.
They are in second place in the Pacific Division, third in the Western Conference and fourth in the League.
The Kings take on the Dallas Stars on Monday at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m. The Kings first ever Holiday Pyrotechnic and Laser Light Show following the game.
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