Game 35; 23-8-4
LOS ANGELES – While they did earn six out of a possible eight points on their most recent road trip, the Los Angeles Kings end their mini-tour with their six-game winning streak halted. But it was back home on Tuesday night as the Kings faced off against the Edmonton Oilers, owners of the league’s worst road record.
After his shaky start in Chicago on Sunday, not even a 37-save performance could earn Ben Scrivens his second-straight start. Instead, fresh off 2nd Star of the Week honours, Martin Jones was back in goal hoping to put Los Angeles back on the winning track.
In an effort to avenge themselves from their slow start on Sunday, the Kings came out firing in the first as they outshot the Oilers 13-7 and it was Dwight King who got things started.
Adding to his career-high, King potted his ninth past Edmonton’s Ilya Bryzgalov to put Los Angeles out in front at 16:39. Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter helped out with the assists.
While there wasn’t any scoring in the middle frame, the Kings and Oilers did have themselves a shootout with Los Angeles getting the better end of it with a 15-12 margin.
In the third while still holding onto their slim lead, Los Angeles created some breathing room as Jordan Nolan added to his own career-high notching his fifth at 15:22 from Matt Greene. Then, after Dustin Brown put his seventh into an empty net (Jarret Stoll with the assist), it was all over as the Kings returned to their winning ways earning their seventh win in eight games this month.
While he was the least busy of the two netminders, Martin Jones continues to give his coaching staff headaches when Jonathan Quick does return to the lineup stopping all 24 shots he faced. While Jones was likely to be returned to Manchester upon No. 32’s return, his play has left the Kings not feeling as certain about such a move.
In just his sixth NHL game, Jones has already posted his third shutout and, in the process, becomes the first goaltender in franchise history to begin his career 6-0-0. Also, for the fourth time, Jones has earned First Star of the Game honours.
Overall, it was an ideal bounce-back performance for the Los Angeles Kings who have restored faith in those fans who thought the worst after their team’s loss to the Blackhawks two nights earlier.
Solid goaltending, exceptional defense and a consistent offensive attack were all factors in a big Kings win as they now take their momentum to Thursday night where they will host their state rivals from San Jose.