The Los Angeles Kings sent red-hot goalie Martin Jones to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs on Sunday.
Yup, that’s the same Jones who went 8-3-0 with a blazing .950 save percentage and 1.41 GAA (not to mention three shutouts).
It all comes down to Jonathan Quick’s comeback, which was quite triumphant on Saturday. With the 2012 Conn Smythe-winner and 2014 Olympian back in the fold, the Kings saw a logjam in net. While one could argue that Jones, 23, out-played Ben Scrivens during Quick’s absence, Los Angeles doesn’t need to worry about losing Jones by sending him to the AHL.
(Scrivens certainly hasn’t been a sieve himself, either.)
That being said, it’s probably easier to send Jones to the minors considering his three-game losing streak, though those defeats were far from his fault (and … those represent his only defeats at the NHL level).
Really, it all demonstrates the embarrassment of riches for the franchise in net. With Scrivens, 27, headed toward unrestricted free agency (and thus being potential trade bait), it’s hard to imagine Jones staying in the minors for too long.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.
Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.
The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.
To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).
Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:
Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):
McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: