Here’s the link to the report from TSN: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=439473
The Kings lost team captain Dustin Brown for the better part of the final two periods of their 4-1 victory Thursday over the San Jose Sharks. Brown drew a five-minute kneeing major and a game misconduct after colliding with the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl late in the opening period. Brown could face a suspension from the NHL.
Or not. Predictably, opinions varied as to the legality of the play.
The Kings activated forward Colin Fraser from the injured reserve list before Thursday night’s home game against the San Jose Sharks. Fraser sat out three games because of an upper-body injury. He had one assist and 18 penalty minutes in 17 games going into Thursday. The Kings re-assigned forward Linden Vey to their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H., to make room for Fraser on the roster. Vey has five assists in 14 games with the Kings.
The Kings held an optional skate Wednesday, and most of the players took the option to do something else. Injured defenseman Willie Mitchell hit the ice, though. He couldn’t say afterward when he might be sound enough to rejoin the Kings’ lineup. He sat out Tuesday’s win over the Oilers because of an unspecified upper-body injury. “It was good, it was encouraging, just keep progressing,” Mitchell said.
Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones won his sixth consecutive start to begin his NHL career on Tuesday, earning his third shutout with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Jones is tied with teammate Ben Scrivens for the league lead with three shutouts apiece. He’s also joined some ancient company. Jones is only the third goalie in league history to record three shutouts in his first three starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He joins Flat Walsh of the New York Americans in 1928-29 and Frank Brimsek of the Boston Bruins in 1938-39.
Jonathan Quick skated and faced shots for the third consecutive day Wednesday at the Kings’ El Segundo practice facility. He moved another step closer to returning to the lineup after suffering a groin strain in a Nov. 12 game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Here’s what Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins had to say after Kings rookie Martin Jones stopped 24 shots to record his sixth straight victory (and third shutout) to begin his NHL career: “It turns into math. The more chances you get, the sooner or later, they going to go in. That young man was good. Maybe we just should have ran him the first shift and got it over with. That’s a good goalie they have.”
Martin Jones was 3-0-0 with one shutout, a puny 1.00 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage last week. The Kings’ 23-year-old rookie goaltender was named the NHL’s second star of the week Monday. Overall, Jones is 5-0-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage. He is the first goalie in league history to give up an average of less than one goal per game while winning each of his first five appearances, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was the No. 1 star and Nashville Predators goalie Carter Hutton was the third star.
Reminder: Saturday’s game is early for us on the West Coast. Fox Sports West and KTLK-1150 will carry the game starting at 11 a.m. … The Kings appeared to be in trouble when No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick, the MVP of their Stanley Cup championship run in 2012, suffered a groin strain Nov. 12 against the Buffalo Sabres. Nothing could be further from the truth, however.
So, I had all this fine stuff saved up for Ben Scrivens’ return to Toronto, but then came word that he wouldn’t start Wednesday’s game against his old team. Martin Jones would be in the lineup, having recorded victories in his first three NHL games, including back-to-back shutouts. Scrivens talked the other day about enjoying his time with the Maple Leafs, but didn’t think he’d grow misty-eyed at the sight of downtown TO when the team bus cruised down the Gardiner Expressway from Pearson International Airport. He also said he was happy to be a King now.