LOS ANGELES - Put it in the record books, Martin Jones advanced to a perfect 8-0-0, over his first eight NHL games, tying him for the record for the best start in NHL history by a goaltender.
Once again, it took over sixty minutes to settle the score between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings as even overtime wasn’t enough, and the game had to finish in a shootout.
In the second round of the shootouts, Anze Kopitar took a shot that would have fooled any goalie. While staying casual, Kopitar controlled the puck steadily from about 15 feet out, and on a backhand to forehand move, he snapped a deceptive wrister over the right shoulder of Semyon Varlamov.
The shootout wasn’t over just yet though as after a back and forth of saves from both goalies, it came down to a final chance for the Avs and Ryan O’Reilly.
O’Reilly tied the game at two with just under ten minutes left in regulation. A give-and-go from O’Reilly and Matt Duchene, was finished with a deke move and shot that went seven-hole on Jones.
(BACK TO THE SHOOTOUT)
O’Reilly put a quick deke move on Jones who didn’t bite, and to no one’s surprise, ended up making a pad save to end the game with the Kings on top in a 3-2 shootout victory.
Possibly the hottest line in hockey right now put the Kings on the board first. Kopitar, Dwight King, and Jeff Carter have become a dominant line when it comes to size, and it worked to their benefit early tonight. A shot from point found it’s way to the crease, where Jeff Carter over matched the two defenders on him, and one-handed reached around Varlamov, to find the back of the net.
The second goal was a doozy! A shot from the blue line from Jarrett Stoll smacked the glove of Varlamov, who couldn’t control it immediately and Justin Williams jumped on the opportunity. As the puck flew in the air just outside of the glove, Williams took a hack at the puck and it found it’s way past Varmalov and into the back of the net.
Final from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California:
Avalanche, 2 Kings, 3 (SO)
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Justin Williams, LAK (1 Goal)
2. Matt Duchene, COL (2 Assists)
3. Martin Jones, LAK (25 Saves, 2 Goals Against)
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