The Kings were aided by a delay of game penalty in the closing minutes of Game 2. They were hurt by one to defenseman Jake Muzzin in the opening minutes of Game 3. Joe Pavelski won a faceoff cleanly from Anze Kopitar and Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle scored on a perimeter shot to give San Jose a 1-0 lead. Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart’s errant clearing attempt proved costly later in the period, with Kings rookie Tyler Toffoli picking it off and scoring on a beautiful backhander.
The Kings recalled forward Tyler Toffoli from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Toffoli, a rookie who celebrated his 21st birthday by joining the Kings for their game against the Red Wings in Detroit, recorded five points (two goals and three assists) in eight games earlier this season. The Kings sent him back to Manchester earlier this month. He has 51 points (28 goals, 23 assists) in 58 games with the Monarchs. The Kings made the move in anticipation of a suspension to team captain Dustin Brown for elbowing Jason Pominville of Minnesota in the second period of a 2-1 loss Tuesday to the Wild. Or perhaps it was simply a coincidence.
The regular season down to four games and with little chance he would play, the Kings sent rookie forward Tyler Toffoli back to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on Friday. Toffoli, who turns 21 on Wednesday, played in only eight games for the Kings and scored two goals and five points. He averaged only 11 minutes, 55 seconds per game. In 55 games in his rookie season with Manchester, he scored 48 points (28 goals, 20 assists). The Kings recalled him March 10.
Kings rookie right wing Tyler Toffoli figures to be a healthy scratch down the stretch and into the playoffs. It’s also possible but perhaps unlikely he’ll be returned to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. The Kings plan to work with Toffoli to expand his versatility. He’s a right wing playing on a team that’s overloaded with standouts at that position. The Kings are strong at center, too, which means he would be wise to learn to play the left wing, according to coach Darryl Sutter.
The Kings scratched 20-year-old rookie Tyler Toffoli and Jordan Nolan returned to the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars at Staples Center. Nolan generated a quality scoring chance, cutting through the Stars’ defense and unleashing a shot from the slot that Kari Lehtonen had to be sharp to handle. Kyle Clifford had another good scoring opportunity for the Kings, breaking ahead of the pack on a shorthanded bid in the closing seconds of the opening period. The Kings outshot the Stars 12-5.
Here’s Kings coach Darryl Sutter putting his unique spin on things when asked about Tyler Toffoli’s first NHL goal in only his second game since his recall from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League: “I’m sure it is (a good feeling) for him. He scored his first goal. He basically had to just get it up and score. I put him out on the ice on the power play. He should come and thank me.”
Tyler Toffoli scored his first NHL goal in only his second game with the Kings and his name began trending on Twitter in his native Canada almost instantly. Kings fans celebrated the moment by giving the rookie forward a rousing standing ovation.
Tyler Toffoli scored his first NHL goal in his second game with the Kings, a power-play strike midway through the second period Monday night at Staples Center. Toffoli’s goal, off a rebound from near the left goal post, gave the Kings a 2-0 lead. Toffoli, a 20-year-old forward, was the second rookie to score in the game for the Kings. Defenseman Jake Muzzin scored the Kings’ first goal, also on a power play, in the first period. Muzzin’s goal was his sixth in his 25th NHL game.
I asked Darryl Sutter whether he liked Tyler Toffoli’s backcheck that resulted in a penalty shot for the San Jose Sharks’ Tommy Wingels in the second period of the Kings’ victory Saturday. Sometimes you ask questions you already know the answers to. Lawyers do it. So do sportswriters. This was one of those cases.
Tyler Toffoli didn’t score in the Kings’ 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, but he made quite an impression in his NHL debut. He played 13 minutes, 20 seconds and recorded one shot on net. He missed the net a couple of other times, including once on a pretty set-up from linemate Jeff Carter. He also made a terrific back-check, slashing the stick of the Sharks’ Tommy Wingels to give Wingels a penalty shot. Jonathan Bernier saved Wingels’ shot, pulling Toffoli off the hook.