Jones gets share of NHL record, as Kings beat Avs in SO

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Updated: December 21, 2013

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Anze Kopitar recorded the only goal in
the shootout, allowing Martin Jones to grab a share of an NHL rookie record,
as Los Angeles claimed a 3-2 victory over Colorado at Staples Center.

Kopitar bested Semyon Varlamov to kick off the second round, and Jones backed
it up by stopping Matt Duchene, PA Parenteau and Ryan O’Reilly in turn to
record the eighth straight win to start his career.

“It’s been good,” was Jones’ understatement of his initial NHL sojourn. “I’ve
said it before it’s a good start, but it’s something to build off of and make
sure we keep getting better here. I thought we deserved to win in regulation
today. I think we needed one more big save that we didn’t get in regulation
there, but the guys did a really good job.”

Bob Froese held the record since beginning his rookie campaign (1982-83) with
the Philadelphia Flyers by winning his first eight appearances.

Jeff Carter and Justin Williams tallied in regulation for the Kings, who have
won three in a row and nine of their last 10. Jones made 23 saves over the
first 65 minutes.

Erik Johnson and O’Reilly scored to wipe out a 2-0 deficit and Varlamov came
up with 37 saves for the Avalanche, who have lost six of 10.

Carter sent the Kings to the first intermission with a lead, beating Varlamov
from atop the crease by digging away at a loose puck with 32 seconds left.

Los Angeles assumed a 2-0 edge at 5:25 of the second period. Jarret Stoll’s
point shot appeared to be successfully gloved by Varlamov, but the puck
emerged and Williams batted it out of the air and in.

Colorado got on the board thanks to a power-play score from Johnson, who beat
Jones on the short side from the left wing off a slick dish from Duchene at
14:02.

The Avalanche wasted their first power-play chance of the third period, but
not the second, as O’Reilly lifted a shot under the crossbar from the right
side of the crease with 9:33 to play.

“I thought we showed a lot of character, being down 2-0, we had a big break on
that power play and you see how important it is to score on a power play,”
noted Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy. “I thought it was a big point for us,
no doubt about it.”

Game Notes

The Kings upped their mark to 19-2-2 this season when scoring first and
improved to 6-2 in shootouts … Froese turned the trick from Jan. 8-27, 1983,
and also went unbeaten in his first 13 starts (12-0-1) from Jan. 8-Feb. 20,
1983 … Ray Emery, then of the Ottawa Senators, holds the NHL mark for
consecutive winning decisions to start a career at nine, which was spread out
from the 2002-03 to 2005-06 seasons … LA also improved to 14-2-3 since
Jonathan Quick was injured.