Tyler Toffoli scored a hat trick in the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Monday night.
Toffoli scored his 15th, 16th and 17th goals of the season and now has 28 points in 35 games played. Toffoli’s third goal was a power-play marker. He had a team-high seven shots on goal. Derek Forbort and Brayden McNabb also scored for the Kings. Toffoli has six points in his past five games and is currently tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +21.
Toffoli wasn’t the only star of the game, however.
Anze Kopitar assisted on four of the five goals in the Kings’ triumph; one of those assists came on the power-play. Kopitar now has 16 assists to go along with 10 goals for a total of 26 points in 35 games played this season. Kopitar has seven points in his past five games.
Jonathan Quick was perfect in the winning effort, stopping all 27 shots faced. With the shutout, Quick improved his save percentage to .919 and his goals-against average to 2.20. This was Quick’s 40th career shutout, tying the record for most shutouts by an American goalie. Quick is now tied with John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek. Quick has two shutouts in his last five games and is now 19-9-1 on the season. As the Kings’ number one goalie, it is safe to start him with confidence in all league formats.
The game was significant for another reason as well, as it was Darryl Sutter‘s 160th win as head coach of the Kings.
I am proud to say that I stacked my team with LA Kings on fantasy draft day. Los Angeles has definitely rebounded back into contender form after missing the playoffs a season ago. This is a team that has been at war with the Chicago Blackhawks for Stanley Cup supremacy over the last number of seasons… With the current record of 22-11-2, it’s safe to say that this team is back in the race and that last year was an anomaly… Maybe they were just tired from so many deep playoff runs..
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