It’s no secret that Tyler Toffoli
had a breakout year in 2014-’15, recording 49 points (23G, 26A) in his second full NHL season.
The kid's destined to be a natural goal-scorer for many seasons to come - as if signs haven't pointed in that direction already.
Some say good things come in three.
In late January, leading into early February, the Kings were mired in a minor slump, having lost five times during a six game stretch, posting a 1-4-1 record. They bounced back with two wins in three days, though, with Toffoli finding the back of the net in both victories.
Riding those two straight wins, the Kings returned home to STAPLES Center after completing a five-game road trip – where Toffoli led the Kings to a third straight win with his first-career NHL hat-trick on February 12, 2015 against the Calgary Flames.
Toffoli opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game to give the Kings an early 1-0 lead. The Kings transitioned up the ice after recovering a turnover in their own end on a 3-on-2 sequence. As Toffoli carried the puck along the right wing, Jeff Carter drove the middle lane, clearing space, which Toffoli utilized to pull, drag, and change the angle of his shot to beat Jonas Hiller.
Late in the second period, with the Flames leading 2-1, Toffoli netted his second goal of the night when he tapped home a rebound off of a Jake Muzzin point shot to knot the score 2-2 as both clubs headed to their respective dressing rooms for the second intermission.
Tap, tap, taparoo.
Jeff Carter had the secondary assist on Toffoli’s second goal – his 500th career NHL point.
In the third period, Dwight King and Jordan Nolan found the back of the net to give the Kings a 4-2 lead. Less than two minutes after Nolan’s marker, Toffoli struck for the trifecta to up the Kings’ lead to three.
Dwight King chipped a Kings clearing attempt out of the zone and past two Calgary defensemen – and Toffoli walked in all alone on Jonas Hiller to send hats flying at STAPLES Center.