Jones named NHL’s second star
Martin Jones was named the NHL’s second star of the week by virtue of a 3-0-0 record that included a shutout of the Montreal Canadiens. He compiled a 1.00 goals against average and a .972 save percentage by stopping 106 of 109 shots in wins over Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.
Overall, the 23-year-old North Vancouver native is 5-0-0 while posting a 0.99 goals against average, a .967 save percentage and two shutouts to become the first goaltender in league history to average a sub-1.00 goals against average while winning each of his first five appearances.
By virtue of back-to-back shutouts of the New York Islanders and Montreal, and a scoreless first period in Toronto, Jones compiled a scoreless streak of 177:16 between December 3 and 11.
Jones was in a platoon situation with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen of 2007-08, his draft year. Though he compiled an 18-8-1 record with a 2.12 goals against average and .911 save percentage over 27 games that year, he went undrafted and was signed by the Los Angeles Kings out of training camp. He returned to Calgary to post a 45-5-4 record in 2008-09 before leading the Hitmen to the WHL Championship in 2009-10.
Jones’ accolade marks the second time one of the NHL’s stars of the week was awarded to a Kings goaltender while Jonathan Quick has been sidelined with a Grade 2 groin strain. Ben Scrivens was named the week’s first star over the week of November 11-17 after leading the club to consecutive wins over the three New York-area teams.
Washington Captials superstar Alex Ovechkin was named the league’s first star by virtue of a five-goal, six point week that included his third career four-goal game. Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton – another goalie filling in for an injured starter – posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals against average and .960 save percentage in leading Nashville to consecutive wins over the New York Rangers, Dallas and San Jose.