It was always going to be incredibly difficult for Kings rookie goalie Martin Jones to top his NHL debut, the one straight out of the can-you-believe-it file. So Jones merely did something that he didn't do against Anaheim in the nine-round shootout win last week. In his second NHL start, he recorded his first shutout, defeating the New York Islanders, 3-0, on Saturday night at Staples Center, making 16 saves. The Islanders are 4-13-2 since they traded Matt Moulson to the Buffalo Sabres for Thomas Vanek and mustered only nine shots against Jones in the final 40 minutes. Along the way, Jones had some help from a post and assistance from reliable sources. Kings center Anze Kopitar, who scored a highlight-worthy goal (his eighth of the season) in the second period, cutting through the slot with a strong move as Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic went with the poke check and came up wanting. Kings captain Dustin Brown provided some insurance midway through the third with a clever wraparound, beating Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin inside the left post for his second goal in two games. Rookie forward Tyler Toffoli scored an empty-netter with 1:04 remaining, which was his seventh goal of the season. He has three goals in the last three games. Just wondering: What will the unflappable Jones do in his third start? If he was giddy about the shutout, Jones did an excellent job of hiding it. "It's good. Any time you win, it's a good feeling," said Jones, who has stopped 42 of 44 shots in two starts. "Wasn't a ton of work early, but they had some zone time and I was able to get into the game. I thought we got better as the game went on." He was asked about his teammates chanting his name afterward as they headed into the dressing room.
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Los Angeles Times | Dec 8