Martin Jones stops Anaheim Ducks center Mathieu Perreault's final shot of the game during a shootout on Dec. 3.Last season it was the Anaheim Ducks’ Viktor Fasth that came out of nowhere to win the first eight decisions of his NHL career. This season, the other Southern California hockey team is getting a pleasant surprise from a backup goalie.
Most Consecutive Wins in Decisions
To Start NHL Career
Los Angeles Kings’ goalie Martin Jones became the fourth goaltender to win the first eight decisions of his NHL career on Saturday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jones has a chance to tie the league record of nine tonight at home against the Dallas Stars.
Who is Martin Jones?
Jones was born Jan. 10, 1990 in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent in October 2008.
On December 3, Jones won his debut in net for the Kings against the Ducks. Through his first six NHL starts, Jones has recorded three shutouts. He has allowed eight goals in his first eight NHL games.
Joining elite company
Jones is among several players in recent years to start his career off with a winning streak.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took over for Tommy Maddox as the starter in Week 3 of the 2004 season and proceeded to win 13 straight games in the regular season. He then won the first 2 games of the 2005 season before losing to the Patriots.
Former Nets head coach Lawrence Frank won an NBA record 13 straight games to start his career after taking over in New Jersey during the 2003-04 season.
Angels’ pitcher Jered Weaver won the first seven starts of his career in 2006. That's the most consecutive starts won to begin a career in over six decades.
A chance to extend streak
Jones and the Kings are back in action tonight against the Stars at 10:30 PM ET in Los Angeles.
The Kings are 1-0-0 against Dallas this season. Los Angeles is riding a three game win streak, while Dallas is 2-0-1 in their last three games.