User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools
 
Recap: Avalanche 2, Kings 3
Line Movements
Date: December 21, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
  

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Martin Jones has done something even Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy never did - win his first eight NHL games.

Roy watched Jones become the second goalie to accomplish that feat - from the other bench - as the 23-year-old phenom made 23 saves for the Los Angeles Kings and stopped all three shots in the shootout for a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Advertisement

Jones has allowed eight goals on 234 shots while filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick, and has posted shutouts against Montreal, Edmonton and the New York Islanders. The only other goalie to win his first eight games was Philadelphia's Bob Froese in the 1982-83 season.

'Honestly, I don't even know what the record is,' Jones said. 'It's a good start and it's something to build off of. I just wanted to make sure I came in here and did the things that made me successful in the past.

'Every night our guys come to play, and the pride they take in their defensive game is pretty impressive. So I can't give them enough credit.'

This was the second shootout involving Jones, who in his NHL debut on Dec. 3 stopped all nine shots in the tiebreaker against Anaheim. In this one, he stopped Matt Duchene, PA Parenteau and Ryan O'Reilly.

'These guys can put together a pretty good shootout lineup, so you know you're going to face some skilled players,' Jones said. 'I just try to stay patient and try not to bite on the first move all the time.'

The only goal in the shootout was by Anze Kopitar, the Kings' second shooter. Kopitar has scored the deciding goal in four of the Kings' six shootout wins.

'Any goalie for us that is back there, we have a lot of confidence in them,' Kopitar said. 'It's up to the shooters to get a couple.'

Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored for the Kings (25-8-4), who are off to their best start after 37 games and have won nine of 10. They are 22-1-2 when allowing fewer than three goals.

O'Reilly and Erik Johnson scored power-play goals, and Duchene had two assists for the Avalanche, 4-4-2 in their last 10 following a 17-5-5 start.

Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves, one day after prosecutors in Denver dropped a domestic violence case against him.

Down 2-0, Colorado cut the deficit in half at 14:02 of the second with Johnson's fifth goal and third in four games. He got a cross-ice pass from Duchene in the left circle and one-timed it to the short side past Jones' glove while Jarret Stoll was off for tripping.

'It was a good play by them, a low lateral play,' Jones said. 'I got a decent read on it, but I just wasn't able to extend my blocker out far enough. I thought we deserved to win in regulation. We needed one more big save that we didn't get.'

The Avalanche, 2 for 39 on the power play in their previous 13 games, cashed in again with 9:33 left in regulation while Mike Richards served a delay-of-game penalty.

O'Reilly, playing in his 300th regular-season game, converted a pass from behind the net from Duchene for his 12th goal.

'I thought we showed a lot of character. Being down 2-0 in L.A. is not easy,' Roy said. 'We had a big break on that power play, and you see how important it is to score on it. That was a big point for us, no doubt about it.'

Los Angeles came in having allowed six goals in 77 short-handed situations over its previous 21 games.

The Kings, who needed almost eight minutes to get their first shot, opened the scoring 32 seconds before the end of the first period. Varlamov made a glove save on Drew Doughty's one-timer from the top of the left circle, but Carter beat defenseman Cory Sarich to the rebound and tucked his 11th goal past the goalie's outstretched left leg.

Williams made it 2-0 at 5:25 of the second, batting a fluttering puck over Varlamov's left shoulder for his team-high 12th goal.

NOTES: The in-house camera crew showed a fan holding up a handmade sign with a photo of Jones and the words: 'Glory to the newborn King.' ... The Kings have been shut out only once this season - when the Avalanche beat them 1-0 at Staples Center on Nov. 23 with an overtime goal by Jamie McGinn and 33 saves by Varlamov.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 COL  +155      5 
 LOS  -175      
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 COL  +165      5 
 LOS  -190      
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 COL  19%   4%   58% 
 LOS  81%   96%   42% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NHL HEAD TO HEAD
 Nov 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 1 Under: 1 
 LOS 0 Cover: 219 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 2 Push: 5 
 LOS 3 Cover: 121 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Feb 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 1 Push: 5 
 LOS 4 Cover: 203 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jan 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LOS 1 Cover: 278 
 COL 3 Under: 4 
 Tools:  

 NHL RECAPS
 Saturday, Dec 21
 
    Flames at Penguins
1:05 PM EDT
    Coyotes at Senators
2:05 PM EDT
    Avalanche at Kings
4:05 PM EDT
    Ducks at Islanders
7:05 PM EDT
    Hurricanes at Lightning
7:05 PM EDT
    Devils at Capitals
7:05 PM EDT
    Sabres at Bruins
7:05 PM EDT
    Red Wings at Maple Leafs
7:05 PM EDT
    Canadiens at Predators
7:05 PM EDT
    Flyers at Blue Jackets
7:05 PM EDT
    Blues at Oilers
10:05 PM EDT
    Stars at Sharks
10:35 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!