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OILERS + FLAMES VS THE KINGS POINTS UPDATE:
LooKING Back:After a tough loss in Chicago on Sunday night, the LA Kings rebounded with a solid 3-0 victory over their Pacific Division "rival" Edmonton Oilers. Rookie phenom and Vezina front-runner, Martin Jones, notched his 3rd career NHL shutout in only his 6th NHL career game. I just wish there was someone who could tell me how rare of a feat this was.
Martin Jones is 3rd goalie in NHL history to record 3 shutouts in his first 6 starts (others: Flat Walsh in 1928-29, Frank Brimsek 1938-39)— LAKingsPR (@LAKingsPR) December 18, 2013
Per @EliasSports: Martin Jones is 3rd in NHL history to record 3 shutouts in his first 6 starts (Flat Walsh 1928-29, Frank Brimsek 1938-39) — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 18, 2013
Martin Jones joins Flat Walsh (1928-29 NY Americans) and Frank Brimsek (1938-39 Boston Bruins) w/ 3 shutouts in first 6 NHL games. — Jimmy Bramlett (@JimmyBramlett) December 18, 2013
Martin Jones é o terceiro goalie na história da @nhl com 3 shutouts nos 6 primeiros jogos (Flat Walsh 1928-29; Frank Bimsek 1938-39). #Kings — oCenter (@oCenter_) December 18, 2013
In case you don't understand just how impressive this stat about Martin Jones is... here are photos of the era in which Brimsek and Walsh played:
Frank Brimsek makes a save against the Rangers.
Flat Walsh played so long ago there are no photos of him. So here's Kate Walsh in flats.
There is Flat Walsh... center front row in 1910. I believe that's Teemu Selanne on his left.
It's safe to say that everyone in Hollywood is talking about the hot new Jones property.
I'd rather it be this one:
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:Dustin Brown scored a goal, which was his 400th point as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
Make sure you check out THX BUD's breakdown of Dustin Brown's path to 400 NHL points.
LA TOURISM BOARD:Both games against the San Jose Sharks have been excellent this season and Kings-Sharks has quickly become one of the best rivalries in the NHL. But this past week, the San Jose Sharks posted a video on the internet that had all of the NHL community laughing hysterically.
Highlights of the Sharks 3-2 loss to the NY Islanders. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
To be fair... that's the most fight Patrick Marleau has shown in a long time.
But while the San Jose Sharks were trying desperately to be funny (and failing worse than they do in the NHL Playoffs)... once again the LA Kings Organization showed that when it comes to comedy... their Head Coach is still the best in the business. From LA Kings Insider:
"Still, it amazes me that's what they call it -- the penalty box. Like, what is that, the 'penalty box?' They should take the penalty box out, because you think about how much time there actually is sitting in the penalty box now, it's about 12 minutes total a game, right? 12 minutes. It used to be they had a guy with a suit, and if you got a penalty, and you got a penalty, that guy sat between you, right? Now they have two boxes. You go to the box. It's like Steve McQueen, right? They should sell those seats ... there are so few penalties now. Why don't they just say, 'OK, you've got to sit on the bench,' or, 'You've got to sit on their bench for two minutes.' I don't get that. They've got like four guys sitting over there, and room for like six other people to sit. They're the best seats in the house, right at center ice. Like, if it was a football game, then that's the best seat. I don't get that [any] more. Really, it's like a three-penalty-team a game now. Why do they make that deal? Why do they get that big place for there? When I was coaching Brett in novice when he was little back home, and he'd get penalties, I'd go, 'Brett, you're little. Why do you go over there and sit? Why do you want to go there?' He says, 'I can see better from there.' [Reporter: How old was he?] He was just little. It makes sense, right? He could see better." "When you think about it, I'm probably right for once."
"I mean... what's the deal with Penalty Boxes? There's no top to it... how is that a box?"
"They should call it... a Penalty Bucket!"
The best part about Darryl Sutter's rant over the demise of Penalty Boxes is that he referenced the classic film The Great Escape as part of it.
This most certainly isn't baseball.
It's quotes like these from Darryl Sutter that bring a smile to the face of everyone associated with the LA Kings organization.
As created by Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men Podcast... The Moulson Index™ highlights an opposing player from tonights game who has the opportunity to score against his former employer, the LA Kings.
Tonight's Moulson Index Spotlight is:
BRAD STUART, DEFENSE
In 47 games versus the LA Kings, Brad Stuart has 3 GOAL & 11 ASSISTS
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY KINGS WEEKLY PREVIEWMake sure you catch a brand-new Kings Weekly tonight on Fox Sports West after Kings Live Post-Game! This week it's 22 minutes of Jarret Stoll looking introspective while drinking coffee!
Every time Stoll says Craig MacTavish... drink!
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
Just when you think LA Kings fans can't nerd out anymore over Ben Scrivens...
More zombie propaganda came today.. pic.twitter.com/Lfr2vN8yYq — Ben Scrivens (@scrivens_30) December 18, 2013
...he makes a zombie reference in a Tweet.