Martin Jones got a rare start in the building where he played his junior hockey, and he disappointed his former fans by beating the hometown Calgary Flames 3-2.
The win extended the Los Angeles Kings’ winning streak to 8 games, one away from a franchise record.
Jones made just his second start and third appearance since January 21st, and made the most of it, stopping 24 Calgary shots.
Los Angeles built up a 3-0 lead on first period deflection goals from Justin Williams and Trevor Lewis. Anze Kopitar appeared to put the game out of reach with an insurance goal early in the third, but as it turned out the Kings needed that one as well.
Mike Cammalleri scored a power play goal with four and a half minutes left, and tough guy Brian McGrattan scored for the second straight game to bring Calgary within 1 goal with two and a half minutes left, but the Kings bent but did not break and escaped with the win.
- Marian Gaborik is still looking for his first point, but was +2 on the night.
- It could be a record night on Thursday when the Kings host the Toronto Maple Leafs. A win would tie the franchise record for consecutive wins with 9, and would also put Jonathan Quick into a tie for career franchise wins by a goaltender.