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Toffoli's hat-trick fuels Kings' 5-0 victory

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

The Kings’ offense fared just fine without Jeff Carter Monday night in their 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

It was quite the night for the Kings; Derek Forbort scoring his first-career NHL goal, Tyler Toffoli netting his second-career NHL hat-trick, and Jonathan Quick posting his 40th-career NHL shutout – tying him with John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek for the most all-time amongst US born goalies.

A total of 34 penalty minutes were assessed in a chippy opening period, including four fighting majors and five roughing infractions. Once the refs subdued the extracurricular activity, the Kings’ offense took over.

With just under five minutes to play in the first, Milan Lucic dug hard for control of a puck deep in Vancouver’s zone, found Tyler Toffoli in the slot with a pass, who then spun and fired a wrist shot high past Jacob Markstrom’s glove side.

Early in the second period, Derek Forbort corralled a puck atop the left point in Vancouver’s zone and fired a wrist-shot that caromed its way through traffic and past the Canucks’ goaltender.

Forbort’s goal, the first of his NHL career, was initially awarded to Dustin Brown.

The Kings’ defense struck for offense again in the second when Brayden McNabb stepped into a shot off of an Anze Kopitar faceoff win in Vancouver’s zone. McNabb’s shot found its way through a myriad of bodies, where it beat Markstrom low to the far side.

Just over five minutes into the third, Tyler Toffoli struck for his second goal of the night, giving the Kings a 4-0 lead. Alec Martinez shoveled a puck making it’s way up the sideboards toward the front of Vancouver’s net, where it ricochet off of Anze Kopitar and onto the stick of Toffoli, who was stationed on the back-door. Toffoli, with Markstrom caught out of position, chipped the puck into an open net.

With six minutes to play in regulation, and with the Kings working on their third power play of the evening, Tyler Toffoli deflected home his third goal of the evening. Drew Doughty fired a shot/pass toward the slot as Toffoli cut through, and by getting the blade of his stick on the puck, redirected the puck high past Markstrom’s blocker side.

Anze Kopitar assisted on all three of Toffoli’s goals, as well as Brayden McNabb’s, finishing the night with four points.

The Kings have now earned points in four straight regular season visits to Vancouver, marking just the third time in franchise history they’ve done so.

Anze Kopitar (4A) led all Kings players in points scored (4), Tyler Toffoli in shots taken (7), Brayden McNabb, Andy Andreoff and Milan Lucic in hits delivered (2), Alec Martinez and Tanner Pearson in shots blocked (2), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (26:06). Jonathan Quick made 27 saves in the win.

The Kings will continue their four-game road trip Tuesday night when they take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 6:00 PM PST.




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