The Kings' 4-1 victory Thursday over the San Jose Sharks was remarkable on several counts, even if 23-year-old rookie goaltender Martin Jones tried his best afterward to make it sound as if it was just another ho-hum night at the office for him. It's not as if Jones expected to torment the Sharks for the better part of 60 minutes and win his seventh consecutive game to begin his NHL career, and nearly record his fourth shutout, too. But there was a spooky calmness about him that makes it seem as if nothing surprised him. Jones made 31 saves to lead the Kings to their eighth victory in their last nine games and improve their record to 8-0-1 in their last nine regular-season home games against the Sharks. He also earned an assist on Tyler Toffoli's second-period for his first NHL point. "Great pass by Slava," Jones said when asked about his own assist. It was indeed a fine pass from defenseman Slava Voynov to a streaking Toffoli, who raced into the attacking zone after jumping off the bench a nanosecond earlier and then sent a laser past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi. The play couldn't have happened without Jones' deft pass behind the net. "He's just so steady," said Toffoli, Jones' teammate with the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate at Manchester for the better part of the last two seasons. "You can't say anything nicer about the way he's playing. He's playing unbelievable and helping us win games." In fact, with a victory Saturday over the Colorado Avalanche, Jones could tie the NHL record for most victories by a rookie goalie to start his career. Bob Froese began his career with an 8-0-0 mark with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1982-83.
Kings' Tyler Toffoli, Martin Jones work their magic in 4-1 over Sharks
L.A. Daily News | Dec 20