We didn’t learn what Kings Coach Darryl Sutter thinks of goalies Thursday, but after backup Martin Jones posted his second consecutive shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, perhaps Sutter would change his tune.
Jones hasn’t given up a goal in 146 minutes and one second, and the Kings have three shutouts in their last four games.
“I don’t think the goalie wins you games,” he said. “It takes everybody. [Jones] was sharp when he had to be.”
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You will not get the answer you’re expecting if you ask Sutter about it.
What did the latest shutout prove? That his team is right back where it was in June, when it claimed the Stanley Cup?
“Little bit of luck and a lot of work,” Sutter said. “A shutout’s not that big of a deal. As soon as you start talking about them, it doesn’t happen again. We’re trying to get wins and points.”
The rout disheartened a division rival
Arizona players conducted a 20-minute meeting after the defeat.
The Coyotes (10-14-3) lost their sixth straight home game for the first time since Wayne Gretzky coached them in 2009, and they’ve been blanked at home for 172 minutes and 23 seconds.
“It’s important that we understand that no one’s going to feel sorry for you,” Arizona captain Shane Doan told the Arizona Republic. “There'll be a lot of people pointing fingers from the outside, and we gotta make sure we're good on the inside and we just gotta be better as a group.”
Alec Martinez pays early dividends
The defenseman isn’t the type who’s going to get fat and happy off his new six-year, $24-million contract extension.
Martinez said before Thursday’s game that he wasn’t obsessed with the money as much as he was excited about remaining on a team that’s won two of the last three Stanley Cups.
Then he proceeded to produce a goal and an assist in his first game since cashing in.
“I don’t think we’re satisfied, there’s a lot of work to be done,” Martinez said.
This is after three shutouts in the last four games.
A trip to improvement
Road success is on the small list of things the Kings say they want to “clean up.”
Thursday made it two straight road shutouts as they prepare for a long trip to Canada next week.
The Kings delivered 47 hits, 10 by defenseman Robyn Regehr, to prove that type of effort can travel.
“Tonight, we played well,” Sutter said.