There’s something to be said about Tyler Toffoli’s performance against the Chicago Blackhawks during the Kings’ Western Conference Final series.
Unfortunately, Chicago’s Mayor wasn’t in the mood to hand Toffoli the key to the Windy City.
The Kings’ second year forward went berserk against the Blackhawks, potting six points (4G, 2A) during the Kings’ seven game series against Chicago. Toffoli scored a goal in each of the first three games of the series, then came up huge in the series’ decisive Game 7, notching a goal and an assist in the Kings’ dramatic OT victory.
Less than 36 hours after the Kings finished business with the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Tyler Toffoli buried the Kings’ lone goal in Game 1 of their series with the Blackhawks at the United Center. Toffoli tipped home a Tanner Pearson pass on a quick 2-on-1 rush sequence.
HIGH AND TIDY
Three days later in Game 2 of their series with Chicago, Toffoli received another handy pass from Tanner Pearson, and buried the Kings’ fourth goal of the evening, giving them a 4-2 lead in a game they eventually won 6-2, tying the series 1-1.
It was the Blackhawks’ first loss on home ice during the playoffs; they were previously 7-0 at the United Center during the postseason. It was also the Kings’ franchise first ever playoff victory against the Blackhawks on the road, dating back to 1974.
When the series returned to Los Angeles for Game 3, Toffoli didn’t stop. Late into the second period with the game tied 2-2, the Kings’ feisty forward leaned and skated into Jeff Carter’s neutral zone feed, fleeing to the net between two Chicago defensemen, beating Corey Crawford low and through the five-hole to give the Kings a 3-2 lead.
In Game 4, Toffoli recorded an assist on Jake Muzzin’s game-opening goal, the Kings would win the game 5-2, taking a 3-1 series lead.
Toffoli was held scoreless during Games 5 and 6, which the Kings would lose, but came up huge in the series’ decisive Game 7, notching a goal and an assist in the Kings’ 5-4 OT win. Toffoli provided the secondary assist on Jeff Carter’s goal, the first of the evening for the Kings, which cut the Blackhawks’ lead to 2-1.
Midway through the second period, Toffoli tied the game for the Kings, tucking home a rebound off of a Matt Greene shot from atop the point just inside the left post and past Corey Crawford to tie the game 3-3.
The Kings would later win the game 5-4 in OT on an Alec Martinez goal, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in three seasons.
Toffoli’s line, alongside Jeff Carter and Rookie Tanner Pearson, combined for 23 points (11G, 12A) during the Kings’ Western Conference Final series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
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