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Jones ties best in-season career start with Kings' win

Saturday, 12.21.2013 / 5:05 PM

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Jones ties best in-season career start with Kings' win
Colorado Avalanche 2, Los Angeles Kings 3
Three Stars of the Game
Justin Williams
Justin Williams
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:24
Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 16:57
Martin Jones
Martin Jones
SA: 25TOI: 64:48
GA: 2EV: 22-22
PIM: 0PP: 1-3
SV%: .920SH: 0-0

LOS ANGELES, CA – Three periods hasn’t been enough time for these two clubs to decide things this season. The Kings found themselves in another battle past regulation with Colorado.

This time, though, they came away on top.

Semyon Varlamov, who handed the Kings their single shutout this season on November 23, was hounded today by a pressing Kings offense throughout the afternoon, as they snapped 39 pucks Varlamov’s way.

The Kings built an early lead on Colorado, as Jeff Carter got on the board late in the first period. Carter slammed home a rebound from a Drew Doughty shot for his 11th goal of the season, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead with :31.3 seconds left in the frame.

The Kings haven’t allowed a goal in 21 of their last 22 first periods.

Justin Williams would add to the Kings lead with his 12th goal of the season, batting home a puck that slipped out of the glove of Semyon Varlamov to give the Kings a 2-0 lead with 14:35 remaining in the second period.

Colorado would bounce back, taking their licks on the Kings’ penalty-kill unit.

Erik Johnson got the Avalanche to within one, one-timing home a beauty of a pass from Matt Duchene with 5:58 remaining in the second period.

Midway through the third period, Colorado’s power play struck again to tie the game 2-2. Ryan O’Reilly found the top left corner from point-blank range, beating Martin Jones with 9:33 left in regulation.

These two clubs would head to Overtime for the second time this season, but there wasn’t much action – nor a decision made. Both the Kings and Avalanche recorded one shot apiece, but today’s contest had to be resolved in a shootout.

Martin Jones stopped all three of Colorado’s shooters, and Anze Kopitar beat Semyon Varlamov to the blocker side on the Kings second attempt – which was ultimately the game-deciding goal.

Kopitar has scored on five of his seven shootout attempts this season, and four of them have been game-deciding goals.

Martin Jones, who nixed all three of Colorado’s shooters tonight, has now stopped all 12 shootout attempts he’s faced this season.

Martin Jones made 23 saves today, and now stretches his record to 8-0-0 with a stalwart .966 SV% and a wondrous 0.98 GAA.

Jones has tied an all-time NHL mark of consecutive wins to start an NHL career. Bob Froese won his first eight games with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1983-1983 season.

Even though the Kings scored only two goals in regulation time tonight, six different players recorded a point.

The Kings are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, and have outscored opponents 32-13 in that span. The Kings are also 16-2-4 in their last 22 games.

The Kings are now 19-2-2 when scoring the first goal of a game, and 14-0-0 when entering the third period with a lead.

With a 25-8-4 record, which is good for 54 points, the Kings now sit at third-place in the Western Conference.

The Kings will finish off their four-game home stand Monday night, where they’ve gone 3-0-0 so far, when the Dallas Stars come to town for a 7:30PM puck-drop at STAPLES Center.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jeff Carter (11) ASST: Drew Doughty (13), Anze Kopitar (19)
1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
Justin Williams (12) ASST: Jarret Stoll (9), Dustin Brown (6)
2 - 0 LAK
PPG - Erik Johnson (5) ASST: Matt Duchene (16), Ryan O'Reilly (11)
2 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
PPG - Ryan O'Reilly (12) ASST: Matt Duchene (17), Tyson Barrie (5)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1J. CarterM. Duchene
2A. KopitarP. Parenteau
3D. BrownR. O'Reilly
penalty summary
1st Period
Alec Martinez  Holding against  Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
2nd Period
Jamie McGinn  Holding the stick against  Alec Martinez
Jarret Stoll  Tripping against  Jamie McGinn
Tyson Barrie  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
3rd Period
Alec Martinez  Hi-sticking against  Jamie McGinn
Mike Richards  Closing hand on puck
OT Period
goalie stats
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 39TOI: 64:44
Saves: 37EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .949SH: 0 - 0
Martin Jones
Martin Jones
SA: 25TOI: 64:48
Saves: 23EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0