May 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (73) scores a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and left wing Brandon Bollig (52) during the second period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Tyler Toffoli is the rookie player who has excelled and became a regular player on the team during his 62 games in the regular season. He had 12 goals, 17 assists, 29 points, and a +/- of 21 (2nd on team.) His steady play has continued and got him regular starts in the playoffs where he currently has 4 goals, 4 assists, 8 points, and a +/- of 1. His 8 points leads all active rookies that are still alive in the playoffs. In Game 1 on Sunday Tyler Toffoli was the lone LA Kings player to get one past Corey Crawford to tie the game at 1-1 shortly after a Jonathan Toews goal had been disallowed. Toffoli nearly scored a second goal later in the game but Corey Crawford got some help from the goal post as his shot ricocheted wide left. This could have been a breaking point of the game also because if the goal had gone in it would of tied the score at 2-2. The Chicago Blackhawks have to look at that as a good break and focus on containing him in Game 2 and the rest of the playoffs. The Toffoli-Carter-Pearson line continues to produce and have been since they were put together in Game 3 vs. the San Jose Sharks. Coach Quenneville has to play these guys like they are playing the first line because they are young and crafty with the ability to win games if needed.
If the Chicago Blackhawks play like they did in Game 1 for the rest of the series, especially on the road, it will be tough for the LA Kings to overcome. However, the LA Kings have shown their grit when it comes to elimination forcing two Game 7s in the playoffs so far. The Blackhawks have found their way also coming back to win 4 in a row vs. St. Louis Blues and 1 on the road vs. the Wild, the first road win of the series. The Blackhawks cannot let their guard down at home still undefeated 7-0, those 3 LA Kings players pose a threat to the Chicago Blackhawks and should remain on watch.
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