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article imageMartin Jones adds to amazing run in Kings net, beats Maple Leafs

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 12, 2013 in Sports
There is no stopping L.A. Kings goalie Martin Jones, or more to the point there's nothing he can't stop. On Wednesday night Jones made it 4 NHL games and 4 NHL wins with a well-deserved 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jones' teammates should be thanking their 23-year-old rookie for grabbing the 2 points as playing two straight on the road out East had them tired and off their game. Toronto outshot the Kings, 40-26, just the second time the Leafs have outshot a team in their past 29 games.
KIngs crown Maple Leafs
Drew Doughty scored from the top of the face-off circle in the first, beating the screened Jonathan Bernier on the power-play. Toronto finally got one in the second to tie but it took a two-man advantage to beat Jones. It was Cody Franson's first of the season and a rare goal from the Leaf's defence; collectively Toronto's back-end, with but 5 goals, is being outscored by 11 individual NHL defenceman (including Doughty, who now has 6).
Jones was coming off consecutive shutouts and the goal broke his goalless streak at 177 minutes and 16 seconds. That was all the Leafs managed, however, and Jeff Carter, on a 2 on 1 after Paul Ranger tried pinching and got trapped, scored mid-way through the third to give L.A. back the lead. Kyle Clifford, with a nifty wrist shot that found the corner high, ended Toronto's hope of a comeback at 18:01 of the period.
Martin Jones: NHL stats King
Jones seemed confident, was strong positionally and moved quickly in his crease throughout. He stopped Phil Kessel on a breakaway in the second that had the Leaf scoring leader shaking his head. In the third the North Vancouver native made 18 saves, including getting his stick and pads on shots that seemed all but in.
After those back-to-back shut-outs, over the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens, and a 3-2 nine save shoot-out win over Anaheim in his first NHL game, the undrafted Jones' stats are now out of this world. He's 4-0 with 2 shutouts, a 0.74 GAA and a 9.75 save percentage. He's stopped 111 of the 114 NHL shots he's faced.
L.A. continues to climb in the West and have now won 5 straight, putting them solidly in third. Toronto, meanwhile, has lost their last 2, are 3-5-2 in their last 10 and have slipped to 8th in the East. But despite being without suspended captain Dion Phaneuf (a 2 game suspension) Bernier, who faced his former team for the first time, said it may have been his current team's best game of the season.
Martin Jones' comments on the win and on the first 4 games of his NHL career? He told reporters that it wasn't his best outing but that he was happy to help his team get two points, adding he had work to do on his game. His controlling of rebounds in particular needs work, he said.
Los Angeles Kings goalie Martin Jones (31) guards the net as defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) watches...
Los Angeles Kings goalie Martin Jones (31) guards the net as defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) watches the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Kings beat the Maple Leafs 3-1. Mandatory Credit:
With permission by Reuters / Tom Szczerbowski-USA Today
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