MONTREAL — Still glistening with moisture, the game puck from Martin Jones' second consecutive shutout sat behind him in the
"I've got a stockpile of pucks now," Jones said. "I've got to find something to do with them."
At this rate, Jones might consider buying an extra-large trophy case.
In weathering a furious Montreal power-play attack early and making 31 saves overall, Jones got his name on the Kings' first shutout of the
It was probably just as well he didn't.
"Exactly," a smiling Jones said after becoming the first Kings rookie goalie to record consecutive shutouts since Gerry Desjardins in the 1968-69 season.
"It's a nice little stat, I guess. We're just happy with the win."
"It was a great win for our team. A full team effort," Stoll said.
But it wouldn't have been possible without Jones' strong performance in the early going, which became the foundation for the Kings' triumph and 16th straight game in which they've given up two goals or fewer. They're 10-3-2 on the road this season, their best record at this stage in team history.
Drew Doughty took a tripping penalty 38 seconds into the game, unleashing a Montreal power play that produced seven dangerous shots.
Penalty kills that resulted from calls against
"Jonesy kept us in it in the first period with those three penalty kills and that was basically the story of the game," Stoll said. "Yeah, we got goals, but that was the moment of the game for Jonesy."
Kopitar's one-timer off a faceoff win with 13 seconds remaining in the second period gave the Kings a 2-0 lead; they padded that on Martinez's rebound of a shot by Toffoli before Price was replaced by
Jones, who was so good that he was awarded an additional save when scorekeepers reviewed the shots long after the game ended, appreciated that his teammates maintained their energy in the third period even though they must play again Wednesday, at Toronto.
"We had that six-goal lead and guys continued to block shots and get in lanes and take away sticks in front of the net," he said.
Because they did, Jones and the Kings made history. "It's pretty neat," Coach
It was better than that, though Williams cautioned against reading too much into a single victory.
"You've got to enjoy the times it's going good," Williams said, "but you've got to realize why it's going good."
Jones' growing puck stockpile is one of those reasons.
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Etc.: The Kings haven't lost in Toronto since Nov. 12, 2002. However, because of the quirky NHL schedule, they've visited Toronto only three times since that overtime loss and won all three games. The