LOS ANGELES--The Martin Jones Era has been so blissfully straightforward.
Six starts. Six wins. Three shutouts.
About the only thing the Los Angeles Kings goalie hasn't done in his short and poised NHL career is score a goal. Just give the kid some time.
The latest chapter featured yet another composed performance from the 23-year-old rookie, who made 24 saves in the Kings' 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Staples Center. They've won seven of their last eight games and are 14-2-4 in their last 20.
This time, the Kings' goals came from left wing Dwight King late in the first period, Jordan Nolan with 4:38 remaining in the game and captain Dustin Brown scored an empty-netter with 40 seconds left, which was his 400th career point.
Jones became the first goalie in Kings' franchise history to win his first six games. Previously, Jason LaBarbera and Daniel Berthiaume had won their first five games. Holding the NHL record is Bob Froese, who won his first eight starts with Philadelphia in 1982-83.
Jones has been the master of understatement throughout and didn't go off message.
"It's been a good start," said Jones, who is tied for the NHL lead with three shutouts. "I just want to make sure I keep doing the little things here and we played pretty well the last little stretch here."
Someone asked him how much fun it has been.
"It's fun. I want to make sure I'm focused and prepared for the games," Jones said. "Obviously, I'm trying to enjoy it as well."
Said King: "He makes it look easy."
The Oilers had only five shots in the third period, none until 10:47 into it. Jones said thoughts of shutout were not really on his mind.
"Not much," he said. "It was a 1-0 game for a while, but it was important to stand in there."
It was King opening the scoring at 16:38 of the first but defenseman Drew Doughty made the dazzling play to set it up. This allowed King plenty of time and patience at the right post to outwait Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and tucked it under him for his ninth goal.
"It helps when nobody is pressuring you," King said. "I got the puck and I think a lot of their defenders were making their way toward (Doughty). When he made the pass to me, I had a decent amount of time where I got to make a couple of looks. Once I saw the goalie was on his awkward position, there was a hole to slide it under him."
Exactly five weeks ago, the soundtrack to the Kings' season went from happy and bouncy to a dirge when starting goaltender Jonathan Quick was injured in Buffalo in overtime.
Panic among the fan base? Well, yes.
Only the Kings never quite got around to panicking.
Quick, who has a groin strain, has taken steps forward. He resumed skating last week and had an extended session Tuesday. His return will come at some point after Christmas but there is no fixed timetable. His range of motion is improving and the pain level is becoming more tolerable.
The details of the injury in Buffalo on Nov. 12 are still fresh in his mind.
"I think it was a shot that got tipped, if I remember," Quick said Tuesday morning in El Segundo. "You kick your leg out. It's a motion and a save that I've done thousands of times. And it didn't turn into an injury.
"I think that particular night it was a little colder than normal in the rink. ... You try to stay loose and limber, you're going on two, 21/2 hours, three hours where you've only seen seven shots or whatever. You make a movement that would normally never give you an issue. You stretch out, put a little weight on it and you feel a pop."
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