Kings and Oilers talking up Martin Jones after 3-0 LA win


On the back of rookie goalie Martin Jones, the LA Kings just keep rolling along. With a 3-0 shutout on home ice, he became the first netminder in franchise history to start his NHL career 6-0-0. That stretch also includes three shutouts.

Overall, Darryl Sutter’s club is 14-2-4 in their last 20 games, which is a ridiculous .800 points percentage. That will certainly be tested later this week when the San Jose Sharks arrive in town for a game at Staples Center.

With LA’s win on Tuesday though, the Kings are 13-1-4 in their last 18 contests against the Oliers, dating back to April 7, 2009.

After the game, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms…

Martin Jones on his overall play:

“It’s been a good start, I just want to make sure I keep doing the little things here and you know we played pretty well the last little stretch here so we just want to make sure that we finish out the last three games before the break here in the right way.”

Jones on playing in the NHL:

“It’s my job to work hard in practice and be ready to play when I’m called upon. I’m trying to enjoy it a little bit here and there but at the end of the day I’ve got to be ready to play and I have to make sure I keep my game in order.”

Dwight King on possibly reaching 20 goals this season:

“I want to be a little more productive than I have in the past and given the opportunity to play with top guys, it increases your opportunity to score so as of right now, 20 goals is what I’m going to strive for.”

King on having Jones in goal:

“It’s great, obviously, when you have a goaltender that makes the big saves look easy, it’s a calming energy on the ice and when you have a confident group of guys in front of a great goalie it makes for good outcomes.”

Coach Darryl Sutter on Edmonton’s energy in the third period:

“They had some energy, those young legs. They had some energy in the third and quite honestly the breakaway Hall had makes it a different in the game, I don’t think he got a shot on it, but that could have been the difference.”

Sutter on the Kings just completed road trip:

“I was impressed with our team tonight because of the tough haul. It’s been a tough stretch of games, tough travel back with teams waiting for us. You score the one goal and then you’re fighting the whole night.”

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on the overall game:

“I thought the last time we were here, we got pushed right out of the rink. It took amazing goaltending performance to keep it close. Tonight I thought it was a much different game. I thought we were able to play with them. I thought Bryz was excellent when he needed to be. I thought we had the puck in our right skilled players hands to generate chances, and we couldn’t score. Usually the problems with our team has been turnovers or some defensive zone lapse, but that just wasn’t the case tonight. We needed to score a goal, and it would have changed things greatly.”

Eakins on Martin Jones:

“It turns into math. The more chances you get in, the sooner or later they are going to go in. That young man was good. Maybe we just should have just ran him the first shift and got it over with. That’s a good goalie they have.”

Oilers forward Taylor Hall on the Kings’ play:

“They are a good team. They are a heavy team. I thought we had some good push-back tonight. Maybe if a couple of bounces went our way and their goalie wasn’t as hot as he is it could have been a different game. They like to get zone time on us, but overall it was a pretty good effort.”

Oilers forward Jordan Eberle on the overall game:

“We definitely had some push-back against a bigger team. We showed that we can play with these guys. It would have been nice to tie the game up and force them into overtime. We had two mistakes that ended up in the back of our net, but other than that we played a good game.”

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