Kings hand Islanders ninth straight loss

Alex Kinkopf  - LAKings.com | Sunday, 12.08.2013 / 1:33 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA – Darryl Sutter caught attention with a surprising decision to give Martin Jones crease duties for the second straight game.

Someone’s looking smart.

Martin Jones snagged his first career NHL shutout tonight in what was his second career NHL game. Jones stopped all 16 shots he faced, and the Kings glided their way to a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders.

It took a while, but the Kings’ offense was able to support Jones’ collected play in the crease.

Anze Kopitar struck first, burying a beauty that beat Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin to the top right corner with 7:52 remaining in the second period. It was Kopitar’s eighth goal of the season. Alec Martinez fed Kopitar a wonderful pass that allowed him to use his speed when entering the zone, and going against the grain with his shot.

Dustin Brown tucked home the Kings’ second marker of the night with 9:23 remaining in regulation, turning a botched possession into a goal. It was Brown’s sixth goal of the season, and his 399th career NHL point.

Tyler Toffoli chipped in with en empty-netter with 1:02 left to play, all but putting tonight’s contest to rest.

Martin Jones has won both of his first two career NHL starts, stopping 42 of the combined 44 shots he faced tonight against the Islanders, and Wednesday night against the Ducks.

The Kings continue to roll, and are now 10-1-4 in their previous 15 games. In that span they’ve outscored opponents 35-20, and have not allowed more than two goals in a single game.

Dustin Brown now has goals in two straight games, Jarret Stoll has points (1G, 2A) in three straight games, and Anze Kopitar has 14 points (7G, 7A) in his last 17 games.

The power play continues to struggle, as the Kings were unable to execute on any of their five man-advantage opportunities against the Islanders penalty kill unit, which is dead last in the NHL.

The penalty kill, however, continues to strive. The Kings killed off all four of New York’s power plays tonight, and have killed 46 of their last 49 penalties, dating back to November 14th.

The Kings are now 19-7-4, which is good for 42 points, and currently sit at fourth-place in the Western Conference. The Kings will head to Montreal, QC to skate with the Canadians for their next contest on Tuesday.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
12:08LAK Anze Kopitar (8) ASST: Alec Martinez (2) 1 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
10:37LAK Dustin Brown (6) ASST: Jarret Stoll (5), Justin Williams (11) 2 - 0 LAK
18:56LAK EN - Tyler Toffoli (7) ASST: Mike Richards (17), Drew Doughty (10) 3 - 0 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Martin Jones
SA: 16TOI: 59:56
GA: 0EV: 12-12
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Anze Kopitar
Anze Kopitar
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:23
Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 19:44
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:11NYI Cal Clutterbuck  Tripping against  Anze Kopitar
12:18LAK Justin Williams  Hi-sticking against  Colin McDonald
19:48NYI Andrew MacDonald  Hooking against  Linden Vey
2nd Period
04:29LAK Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
04:29NYI Cal Clutterbuck  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
06:22LAK Jarret Stoll  Holding against  Travis Hamonic
14:10NYI John Tavares  Hooking against  Linden Vey
15:12LAK Jake Muzzin  Hi-sticking against  Josh Bailey
3rd Period
00:25LAK Dustin Brown  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
00:25NYI Cal Clutterbuck  Roughing against  Dustin Brown
11:28NYI Thomas Vanek  Cross checking against  Dustin Brown
12:42LAK Jarret Stoll  Tripping against  Frans Nielsen
19:58NYI Matt Carkner  Slashing against  Colin Fraser
19:58NYI Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
19:58LAK Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Matt Carkner
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/5
Faceoff Wins2026
Blocked Shots1510
Penalty Minutes1614
3T. HamonicD00-21022:23
7M. CarknerD0001412:53
12J. BaileyR0001014:33
13C. McDonaldR0001012:21
14T. HickeyD0001021:15
15C. ClutterbuckR00-12612:57
17M. MartinL0000010:33
21K. OkposoR00-21019:23
26T. VanekL00-21217:26
29B. NelsonL00-12015:08
40M. GrabnerR00-10013:28
44C. de HaanD00-20019:13
47A. MacDonaldD00-10224:34
51F. NielsenC0001017:58
53C. CizikasC0002010:44
55A. NessD00-10013:25
91J. TavaresC00-21219:49
96P. BouchardC00-11010:32
60K. Poulin2123.91359:23
6J. MuzzinD0000218:48
8D. DoughtyD0110027:41
10M. RichardsC0112014:46
11A. KopitarC1012021:23
14J. WilliamsR0111216:37
21M. FrattinR000007:06
23D. BrownR1013219:44
24C. FraserC000048:49
26S. VoynovD0010020:38
27A. MartinezD0111013:29
28J. StollC0111416:31
33W. MitchellD0012019:59
44R. RegehrD0021019:40
57L. VeyR0001010:05
71J. NolanC000108:00
73T. ToffoliC1013010:03
74D. KingL0022015:42
77J. CarterC0014019:03
31M. Jones16161.00059:56