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Jones second goalie to win first eight games

LOS ANGELES -- Martin Jones made 23 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout to become the second goalie in NHL history to win each of his first eight games, and the Los Angeles Kings got goals from Jeff Carter and Justin Williams in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Jones has allowed just eight goals on 234 shots while filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick, and has posted shutouts against Montreal, Edmonton and the New York Islanders. The only other goalie to win his first eight games was Philadelphia's Bob Froese in 1982-83.

This was the second shootout involving Jones, who in his NHL debut on Dec. 3 stopped all nine shots in the tiebreaker for a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. In this one, he stopped Matt Duchene, PA Parenteau and Ryan O'Reilly. The only goal in the shootout was by Anze Kopitar, the Kings' second shooter.

The Kings are off to the best start after 37 games in franchise history at 25-8-4, and have won nine of their last 10 games. They are 22-1-2 when allowing fewer than three goals.

O'Reilly and Erik Johnson scored power-play goals and Duchene had two assists for the Avalanche, 4-4-2 in their last 10 games following a 17-5-5 start.

Penguins 4, Flames 3 Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season, helping Pittsburgh beat Calgary for its season-high seventh straight victory.

The Penguins led 4-1 late in the second period and had to hold off the Flames for their 10th straight win at home and 12th victory in their last 13 games.

Crosby had a goal and two assists to extend his season-high points streak to 10 games. He leads the NHL with 54 points. Pascal Dupuis, Harry Zolnierczyk and James Neal also scored.

Mike Cammalleri, Jiri Hudler and Paul Byron scored for Calgary. The Flames have lost four straight and six of their last nine.

Red Wings 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO Daniel Alfredsson scored the shootout winner for Detroit against Toronto Maple Leafs in a Winter Classic preview.

The Red Wings had lost 11 straight shootouts, six this season.

Tomas Tatar scored for Detroit with 6:16 left in regulation to tie it at 4.

Pavel Datsyuk, Joakim Andersson and Tomas Jurco had first-period goals for the Red Wings.

David Clarkson, Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and Cody Franson scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have lost six of their last eight games.

The teams will meet again in the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Jan. 1.

Coyotes 4, Senators 3, OT Antoine Vermette completed a hat trick at 2:23 of overtime to lift Phoenix past Ottawa.

Vermette pounced on the loose puck in front of goalie Craig Anderson and pushed it through to the back of the net to beat his former team. Radim Vrbata also scored to help the Coyotes snap a three-game losing streak.

Vermette tied it on a power play with 2:13 left in the third period. He took a pass from David Moss and deposited the puck into an empty net behind the fallen Anderson.

Marc Methot, former Phoenix forward Kyle Turris and Zack Smith added a goal. The Senators have lost three straight.

Bruins 4, Sabres 1 David Krejci snapped a tie and set up Milan Lucic's goal to help Boston split a two-game set with Buffalo.

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Anaheim Ducks' Mathieu Perreault #22 celebrates his goal against New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov #20 as Travis Hamonic #3 looks away during the period of an NHL hockey game in Uniondale, New York on Saturday, Dec. 21. The Ducks won 5-3. (AP)

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