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Toffoli gets hat trick; Quick, Kings shut out Canucks

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com

VANCOUVER -- The Los Angeles Kings had no problems filling the net against the Vancouver Canucks even without their leading scorer.

Playing without Jeff Carter for the first time this season, Tyler Toffoli scored three goals, Anze Kopitar had four assists, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves in the Kings' 5-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday.

"Obviously, when a guy like [Carter] goes down, everybody has to come together and step up," Kopitar said. "It's not only one guy that is going to carry his load, because those are obviously very big shoes to fill, but tonight we had a pretty good start."

Toffoli, whose 17 goals lead the Kings, opened the scoring on a spinning wrist shot from the slot with less than five minutes left in the first period. He converted a rebound from low in the left faceoff circle 5:55 into the third period and deflected a point shot from the slot on a power play with 7:04 left for the second hat trick of his NHL career.

Kopitar, who assisted on all three of Toffoli's goals, said any chemistry with the 23-year-old forward is about simplicity.

"I don't think it's really any specialty to it," Kopitar said. "Just try to keep it simple, support the puck as much as you can, and he's known for the scoring, he's known to be in the right place at the right time, and tonight was no different."

For all the attention on Toffoli, Kopitar and Carter, who sustained an apparent hand injury in a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday and is considered day-to-day, it was defensemen Derek Forbort and Brayden McNabb who scored in the second period to give Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.

Forbort scored his first NHL goal in his 11th game at 1:57, and McNabb scored his second goal of the season with 8:03 left in the period.

"That's what we take pride in as a team, for everybody to contribute and all find a way to score goals and make plays and just get us some momentum," said Toffoli, who is tied with Carter for the Kings lead with 28 points.

Toffoli credited McNabb for setting the tone for a physical game with a big hit on Canucks captain Henrik Sedin 31 seconds into the game.

"I thought it was a flying elbow to the head, but the ref said it was clean," Sedin said.

McNabb tussled with defenseman Alex Biega after the hit and fought Brandon Prust less than six minutes later, part of a spirited first period.

"When you hit a guy like that, you have to expect something; it's part of the game," McNabb said. "I saw I had support and I knew I could step up and got a pass right when I was able to get my body on him. Whenever you can generate momentum with a hit or whatever it is, we preached a really good start and we were able to do that."

The shutout was Quick's third this season and the 40th of his NHL career, tying him with John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek for most by an American-born goalie.

Quick wasn't tested often by the Canucks, who were shut out for the fourth time in their past 11 games. He made his best save off Bo Horvat from the slot in the second period shortly before McNabb extended the lead to 3-0.

"We played a solid game," McNabb said. "We played as five in all three zones."

The Kings (22-11-2) have won the first two of their four-game road trip to increase their lead atop the Pacific Division to nine points on the Coyotes and Canucks.

"We're in a pretty good position, and if we want to be there, we have to push the other teams back, and obviously no better way to do it than beat them," Kopitar said.

Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves in his third straight start with No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller injured.

The Canucks (14-15-9) failed to win three in a row for the first time this season. It may have been a costly loss; forward Sven Baertschi, who had three goals and an assist in the four previous games, left with an upper-body injury in the second period.

Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins didn't have an update on Baertschi after the game. Despite the loss, he liked how the Canucks responded to the early hit on Sedin.

"We had a tough hit and we came back and we battled; we just didn't accept it," Desjardins said. "But that played right into their hands. That's the type of game they want to play. But we had to play that. We got dragged into that. We got them excited, and when you do that, they're a good hockey team and they showed it tonight."

Toffoli opened the scoring with 4:27 left in the first period, and Forbort made it 2-0 on a double deflection early in the second period. After Dustin Brown forced a turnover on the forecheck, Forbort collected a loose puck at the point, and his shot bounced off two Canucks defenders and past the glove of a helpless Markstrom.

"I got a puck off the boards and wanted to get it to the net," Forbort said. "I guess the puck had eyes because somehow it went in, but it felt pretty good to get the first one."

Markstrom kept it close with a great save on a 2-on-1 shot by Tanner Pearson with 8:06 left in the second period, but Kopitar, who won 23 of 28 faceoffs, won the ensuing draw back to McNabb for a slap shot through traffic.

"Just a faceoff win and try to get it through, and luckily it got over his pad and went in," McNabb said. "We've been pretty good this year with D stepping up and scoring big goals, and we have to continue that."

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