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article imageAnother shutout for Martn Jones as Kings blank Edmonton Oilers

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 18, 2013 in Sports
L.A. Kings goalie Martin Jones is now 6 wins in 6 starts this season, and in his NHL career, and he recorded his third shutout in those games on Tuesday night. Jones and his teammates blanked the hapless Edmonton Oilers on home-ice, 3-0.
The 23-year-old Jones, a native of North Vancouver whose been in the AHL the past 4 seasons, is the first L.A. goalie to begin his NHL career with 6 wins. But the undrafted Jones is not chirping about it, nor is he taking anything for granted.
''I want to make sure I'm focused and prepared for the games, but also have some fun as well,'' Jones said. ''My job is to work hard in practice and be ready to play when called upon.''
Martin Jones stymies Oilers
In this latest win he made 24 saves, many of them difficult including close-in chances from Ryan Smyth and Nail Yakupov and a break-away save on Taylor Hall in the third. The Kings got goals from Dwight King, Jordan and Dustin Brown into an empty net. On a night L.A., returning home from a road trip, looked a tired and vulnerable, Jones made sure that Edmonton left empty-handed.
He has now beaten Anaheim, the New York Islanders (shutout), Montreal Canadiens (shutout), the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Senators and now the Oilers. This was just the second win of his 6 to come at home at the Staples Center in L.A..
Stats-wise Jones' numbers are off the charts: 6-0, a 0.82 GAA, a .972 save percentage (172 saves on 177 shots) and those 3 shutouts. The only game he required extra-time to win was his first NHL game, against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim on Dec. 3; in that one, the Ducks couldn't score in 9 shootout attempts and the Kings wound up with a 3-2 win.
''These guys have been unbelievable in front of me, the way they pick up sticks and clear the net,'' Jones said of his latest win. ''They do a great job helping me out.''
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