NEWARK –- A little more than one week into his Sharks career, Martin Jones is already setting records.
The 25-year-old goalie, who has started all four Sharks games, has set a new franchise record shutout streak. Just 45 seconds into the first period against New Jersey on Friday, Jones broke counterpart Alex Stalock’s mark of 178:55 set between Jan. 5 – 27, 2014.
(Update: Jones' shutout streak ended at 234:33, after allowing a third period goal to the Devils' Adam Henrique on Friday.)
The Sharks set a new team shutout mark a little less than 13 minutes into the first period, too. The previous record of 190:51 was set between Jan. 23 – Feb. 2, 2012, with Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss each seeing time in net over that span.
Jones, acquired via trade with Boston in the offseason, allowed a goal to Los Angeles’ Nick Shore on the first shot he faced on Oct. 7. After that, he made 104 straight saves before Henrique's goal.
Some other notes regarding Jones’ start, courtesy of Comcast SportsNet stats guru Darin Stephens:
* Jones became just the fourth goaltender in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) to win each of his first three starts and have a GAA as low as 0.33. All four, including Jones, were 3-0-0 with a 0.33 GAA: the Islanders' Chico Resch in 1976-77, Roland Melanson of the Canadiens in 1991-92 and Brian Boucher of the Sharks in 2008-09.
*Jones (37 games played before Friday) is the fastest player to record nine career NHL shutouts since Frank Brimsek in 1938-39 with Bruins (28 games).
*Jones is the first goalie in Sharks history to record a shutout in his regular season home debut with the team.
*Jones is the first goalie in Sharks history to record two shutouts in his first three starts with the team.