Los Angeles Kings: Tyler Toffoli Named AHL Rookie Of The Year

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In eight games for the Kings this season, Toffoli has two goals and five points.. On Friday, the AHL honored him for his play in the AHL for the Manchester Monarchs this season, naming him the league’s Rookie of the Year.. Through 55 games with the Monarchs, Toffoli scored 28 goals while adding 20 assists.. That placed him third on a team that also includes top prospects Linden Vey and Brandon Kozun, while his goal total is the most by any rookie in the AHL.. Toffoli has also proven to be a valuable special teams player for the Monarchs and has three shorthanded goals and six power play goals.. He also sported a plus-20 rating in Manchester, where the team has won only four games without him in the lineup.. The Kings selected Toffoli in the second round of the 2010 draft, after watching him star for the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s for two seasons.. He would play two more seasons there after being drafted, recording 100 points or more in each of those seasons.. He represented the Monarchs at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in January, and was honored earlier in the week as a member of the AHL All-Rookie team.. Toffoli has been a healthy scratch for the Kings’ past five games, but should be back in the lineup soon given the team’s recent scoring struggles. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/04/13/los-angeles-kings-tyler-toffoli-named-ahl-rookie-of-the-year/

Avalanche-Kings Preview

Los Angeles (22-14-4) fell 4-3 in a shootout at Anaheim on Sunday and 5-1 at Dallas on Tuesday.. The Kings are in fourth place in the Western Conference with 48 points.. “Sure there’s red flags, and you do keep pushing forward,” Sutter told the Kings’ official website.. “I mean, when isn’t there a red flag, and when don’t you push forward?. Every game there’s a red flag for every team.. So whether it’s individually or team-wise, it’s all different, and they’re not all the same.. That’s part of it.” Top scorer Anze Kopitar finished a season-worst minus-four on Tuesday as the Kings were outscored 4-0 in the third period.. Jeff Carter had a three-game goal streak snapped.. Sutter isn’t too worried about any negative effects.. “You know what?. You don’t have to re-teach,” he said.. “These guys, there’s a reason they’re the defending Stanley Cup champions, right? source: http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nhl/preview?gameId=400443078

Ducks, Kings set for last regular-season game

The two developed a friendship during the recent NHL lockout when they played for Mora IK in Sweden’s second-highest league.. “We stay in touch.. We’ve shot texts back and forth all season.. He’s a good guy.. It’s one of those things when you don’t know the guy, you just don’t know what type of person he is until you get to hang out.. I got to know him pretty well over the few months that we played together.. We had a great time playing together in Sweden,” Kopitar said.. Now, as the two are set to do battle Saturday night, Ryan and Kopitar have also have the task of playing host this week to their former Swedish teammates.. “It started with 12 guys who were going to make the trip and then it grew to 17 or 18.. The deal was they took care of their flights and me and Kopi will take care of their hotel rooms and seats for the games.. I don’t think these guys have ever seen a game that will have the intensity of our rivalry,” said Ryan.. “It’s great. source: http://www.foxsportswest.com/nhl/los-angeles-kings/story/Ducks-Kings-set-for-last-regular-season-?blockID=891301

L.A. Kings Authentic Stanley Cup Championship Ring Up for Special Auction to Benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Worth $13,500 at fair market value, the ring features 14 karat white gold with .84 carats in round, brilliant cut diamonds, and will be personalized with the name of the auction winner prominently engraved on the band.. Authentic LA Kings Stanley Cup Championship rings will not be sold in retail outlets.. Additionally, Kings fans may also bid on an “Ultimate Kings Fan Package,” valued at $7,500.. The package includes dinner for two with Luc Robitaille, two tickets to the Kings vs.. Sharks game on April 27 and a Kings jersey signed by the team.. “The L.A.. Kings have been an invaluable and genuinely compassionate partner over many years through philanthropic funding, widespread community blood drives, regular player visits to cheer up patients, in-game awareness, and so, so much more,” says Richard Cordova, FACHE, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President and CEO.. “They are so generous to share in this historic time with us and make their victory a win for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as well.” “Supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the most important things we do as an organization,” says L.A.. Kings president of business operations and NHL Hall-of-Famer, Luc Robitaille.. “They are our Champions.” The auction is currently underway, with bidding started at $3,000 and $800 respectively.. Both opportunities will close at 12:00 p.m.. PST/3:00 p.m. source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/l-kings-authentic-stanley-cup-194700619.html

LA Kings hold off Colorado 3-2 in shootout

Carter scored his 24th goal and scored again in the shootout, and the Kings moved back into fourth place in the Western Conference with a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Thursday night.. Mike Richards also scored in the first period against Colorado’s Sami Aittokallio, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves as the Kings ended a two-game losing streak.. Captain Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar also scored in Los Angeles’ 3-for-3 shootout against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who came in late when Aittokallio went down with cramps in both legs.. Carter is chasing the Richard Trophy while he leads the Kings down the stretch, although their halfhearted finish against the West’s worst team gave him pause.. “I thought we were really good in the first,” said Carter, the NHL’s third-leading goal scorer.. “We got pucks deep and used their D, and when we’re doing that, we roll pretty good.. We got away from it.. They started pressing a little bit, but good or bad, it’s a big two points for us.” Despite that unimpressive finish to regulation, the Kings got back on track after giving up four goals in the third period of their previous game, a 5-1 loss in Dallas on Tuesday.. Los Angeles (23-14-4), which hasn’t lost three straight since an 0-2-1 start to the season, leaped one point back ahead of San Jose, which has a game in hand on the Kings.. Quick turned aside Matt Duchene’s clean breakaway in the third period while earning his 145th career victory, pulling the Conn Smythe Trophy winner even with Kelly Hrudey for the second-most wins in franchise history.. “The first (period) was good,” Kopitar said.. “We came out strong, outshot them in the first by quite a bit, and sat back a little bit, which is not the best thing to do, obviously.” Patrick Bordeleau scored his first career goal with 14:55 to play to even it for the last-place Avalanche, who nearly pulled another upset in Southern California. source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/gameflash/2013/04/11/30984_recap.html

Kings edge Ducks, continue to rise up Pacific

Dwight King celebrates a goal against the Ducks as the Kings aim to keep a lock on the No. 4 seed.  (USATSI)

“We’re not scoring any goals,” Boudreau said.. “Nobody is scoring any goals.. Just look at the numbers of guys that haven’t scored in a long time now.” Indeed, Bobby Ryan has one goal in 13 games, Saku Koivu and David Steckel haven’t scored in 15 games, and Daniel Winnik hasn’t scored in 19 games.. “We’ve got to get back to winning,” Boudreau said.. “We want to start to get back to playing our best hockey by the time the playoffs start, and we’ve got to do that with a couple of wins.. All of a sudden our sense of urgency has picked up, so we’ll get back to practicing.” After finishing a brutal stretch of 26 games in 46 days with an ugly loss to Colorado on Wednesday, the Ducks finally got their first consecutive days without games since late February.. Anaheim didn’t exactly bounce back swiftly from two days of practice, getting just one shot in the first period.. “They’re playing pretty well,” Getzlaf said of the Kings.. “There’s a reason they’ve got back to where they are in the second half of the season.. We played pretty well, too. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20130413_ANA@LA/kings-edge-ducks-creeping-up-in-pacific

 

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