Martin Jones Goal Attempt Goes Bad
Martin Jones is quietly stringing together another wonderful season in San Jose. Despite all of the positives so far, mistakes like the one made last night are sometimes inevitable.
It was late in the third period with the Sharks maintaining a 4-1 lead over the Winnipeg Jets when things humorously went south for Jones. After a slapshot from center ice by Dustin Byfuglien was stopped, Jones attempted to quickly gather the puck and fire a shot down on Winnipeg’s empty net. Unfortunately, what happened next wasn’t what he had in mind.
Instead of getting a shot off and at least clearing the zone, a speedy Mark Scheifele quickly made his way to the top of the goal crease and batted down Jones’ shot. After that, Scheifele made no mistake in finding the puck at his feet and firing it into the net Jones vacated.
With only 15 seconds left in the game, and the Sharks still holding on to a two-goal lead, the mistake Jones made really didn’t matter much. He even seemed to find some humor in the situation, as you could see a big grin smear his face behind his mask.
After the win, Jones improved to a 22-14-2 record with a goals against average of 2.25 and .916 save percentage. San Jose is currently hanging on to the #3 spot in the Pacific Division thanks in part to his outstanding play this season.