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Los Angeles Kings Goaltender Martin Jones and Chicago Blackhawks Goaltender Antti Raanta Named NHL Co-Rookies for the Month of December

January 3rd, 2014 at 11:52 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings rookie goaltender, Martin Jones, ended the month of December 8-2-0, 1.29 Goals Against Average, .955 Save Percentage and three Shutouts alongside Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta, 8-1-3, 2.23 Goals Against Average, .912 Save Percentage and one Shutout, naming them the NHL’s Co-Rookies for the month of December.

Jones and Raanta join the Rookie of The Month winners this season, San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (October) and Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec (November).

Jones, a native of North Vancouver, B.C., 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 tying the record for best-career NHL start with Bob Froese (who set the eight game record with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1982-83 season), stopping all three of the Avalanche’s shooters to give the Kings a 3-2 shootout victory and make a name for his young career. After that Jones lost three games, to give him his current record of 8-3-0, 1.41 Goals Against Average, .950 Save Percentage and three Shutouts.

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 was signed as a unrestricted free-agent by the Kings on October 2, 2008.

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

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