News Archives

Los Angeles Kings Rookie Goaltender Martin Jones Tied for Best-Career Start in NHL History

December 22nd, 2013 at 1:05 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Martin Jones made history to tie the record for best-career start in the NHL. The young goaltender was called up from the Manchester Monarchs when Kings starting goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered a grade two groin injury. Jones has definitely not disappointed and receiving nods from his teammates (including Quick), coaches and everyone else following his success he continues to remain humble and wanting to build off of this and continue working hard.

The 23-year-old, in his first eight NHL starts went 8-0-0, 0.98 Goals Against Average, .966 Save Percentage, and three Shutouts.

Jones made 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 that would be on the road. He got a shutout against the New York Islanders on December 7, and got a consecutive shutout against the Montreal 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. When the team returned home Jones went on to get his sixth start, getting a 3-0 shutout against the Edmonton Oilers, on December 17. His seventh start was against the San Jose Sharks on December 19 where he helped gain the 4-1 victory with some amazing point blank saves. Against the Colorado Avalanche is where Jones made history, as he stopped all three of the Avalanche’s shooters to give the Kings a 3-2 shootout victory and make a name for his young career.

For the week ending December 15, he was named the second star of the NHL’s “Three Stars Of The Week.” 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. As if Jones’ stats aren’t impressive enough, he has stopped all 12 shootout attempts (Ducks and Avalanche).

Jones’ record is tied with Bob Froese, who set the eight game record with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1982-83 season. If Jones wins his next game, he will pass Froese and be tied with Ray Emery, for the most consecutive winning decision to start an NHL career record. Emery set the record between 2002-03 and 2005-06 seasons.

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.

Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, Martin Jones, NHL

Related posts

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Login with: