LOS ANGELES (AP) — After earning his first NHL shutout in only his second career start, Martin Jones might be yet another potential star in the Los Angeles Kings' crease.
Or he might be further proof that any good goalie can be great with the Kings' formidable defense in front of him, particularly against the feckless New York Islanders.
Even Jones was leaning toward the latter theory after the Kings' 3-0 victory Saturday night, but the teammates chanting his name in the dressing room gave him a bit more credit.
"It's easy to play with confidence when you're behind these guys," said Jones, who made 16 saves. "They take a lot of pride in their defensive zone, and we did a great job. The guys have been awesome since I've been up here. It's a great group of guys, and I'm happy to be able to get a couple of wins for them."
Anze Kopitar scored in another dominant defensive performance by Los Angeles, which hasn't allowed more than two non-shootout goals in any game since Nov. 2, earning a point in 14 of those 15 contests.
Dustin Brown also scored and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-net goal for the Kings, who won their third straight overall despite a power play that's in an 0-for-33 slump.
Before beating Anaheim four days ago in his NHL debut, Jones spent the previous three weeks backing up Scrivens during Jonathan Quick's absence with a long-term groin injury.
"It's been awesome to see both (Scrivens and Jones) come in and play as well as they have," Brown said. "We have a lot of guys that do the right thing defensively. All of our team is sticking with it, and you see the results in games like this."
Although Scrivens skated out first for the Kings' warmups, coach Darryl Sutter told Jones in the late afternoon he would get his second straight start. Sutter wouldn't say why he chose Jones over Scrivens, or who might play first on the Kings' upcoming road trip.
Jones followed up his 9-for-9 shootout performance against Anaheim with a perfect effort against the Islanders, who have lost nine in a row.
"It wasn't an easy game to play in," Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said. "Obviously, they're a really good hockey team for a reason. They all buy in and play the game the right way. They played their systems well tonight, and we just had a tough time."