LOS ANGELES—The Kings put back Martin Jones where he needs to be keeping the Kings on the winning side. After giving the rookie netminder a break, his return in net gave the Kings all the time needed on offense to blank the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Tuesday. Jones earned his third shutout in six starts.
After losing to a tough Chicago Blackhawks squad an easier opponent was on the horizon as the Oilers met Los Angeles for the second time this season. The Kings got off to a great start with Dwight King scoring his ninth of the season on a shooting spree for the Kings against goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov for the final shot on the play to go behind him. The Kings shot 13 times on the Russian with the Oilers not far behind.
Edmonton’s best chance came in the second, but earning two penalties to put the Kings on the power play didn’t help. The Oiler’s defense came together for the duration of the period to hold Los Angeles scoreless with 15 shots, while they took 12 on net.
It was a rough start in the third for the Oilers; they took themselves out of the game, giving the Kings room to open the lead and put it out of their grasp. Late in the period Jordan Nolan connected on a wrist shot that put him man to man with Bryzgalov taking him out with the puck hitting the high slot for his fifth of the season. The Kings made big plays in the neutral zone taking the puck out of the hands of the Oilers which lead to an eventual defeat.
Bryzgalov left the ice for the last two and a half minutes. This allowed the rookie squad to take their last scoring chances and somehow save the game from closing early. It was put to bed with 40 seconds left on an empty net goal from LA captain Dustin Brown who recorded his seventh by blocking a shot from Sam Gagner at the blue line, and skating the puck on a breakaway.
It was one for the record books as Jones who saw most of the action in the second period continues an amazing 6-0-0 record including the shutout. He made 24 saves in the game that currently has him sitting in first place in the NHL with most shutouts. He holds a .972 save percentage and .82 percentage goals against on average. Both stats are considered the best in the league, but his numbers have yet to make an impact on the list of goaltending leaders. He might get his biggest chance against the hated San Jose Sharks where they sit in the top three of the Pacific Division.