Toffoli, Muzzin Score Late, La Kings Rally Past Chicago 4-3 | Boston Herald

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We knew it was going to be a tough game, and we hung in there. It was looking pretty good for us with that 3-2 lead late in the third, but we found a way to blow it.” The Kings played their first regular-season game since December 2011 without $69 million center Mike Richards, who was waived on Monday and demoted to the AHL on Tuesday after managing just five goals in the first 47 games. Perhaps not coincidentally, Los Angeles got a monster performance from Carter, Richards’ longtime teammate in Philadelphia and again in Los Angeles. Carter had just his second multigoal game of the season, along with numerous near-misses and big plays. Carter scored his first goal while skating backward after stickhandling adroitly through traffic. He tied it again in the second period after winning a puck battle with Toews and wiring a shot over prone defenseman Brent Seabrook. Although the clubs played a penalty-free third period, the Blackhawks lamented a few borderline calls that weren’t made. “I think (the officials) were kind of maybe playing catch-up after we got a few power plays,” Kane said. “I think we may have sat back a little bit and waited for (the Kings) to come at us. And usually when we do that, bad things happen, as you could see.” NOTES: Richards’ streak of 224 consecutive games played for the Kings ended. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2015/01/toffoli_muzzin_score_late_la_kings_rally_past_chicago_4_3

NHL: Toffoli, Muzzin score late, LA Kings rally past Chicago 4-3 – Daily Republican Register: Daily Republican Register

Chicago is 24-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals in 2014-15 (6-12-0 in all other games). * Los Angeles dropped a 4-2 decision to the Sharks at SAP Center in its last game before the break the Kings fourth straight and seventh setback in the last eight games overall (1-3-4 record). Including a 2-for-3 performance by the Sharks last Wednesday, Kings opponents have clicked on 37.0 percent of their power-play opportunities this month second highest in the league (Sabres opponents 37.1). * Chicago won the first meeting of 2014-15 with Los Angeles, 4-1, at Staples Center on November 29. Dating to beginning of last year, the Blackhawks have won four straight regular-season games against the Kings by a combined score of 13-5. * Including his 10th marker of 2014-15, Marian Hossa had two points in last Wednesday nights win over the Penguins, garnering first-star accolades for the performance. Hossa (three goals and four assists in last seven games vs. Kings) has recorded 10 or more goals in 15 straight seasons. * Anze Kopitar had two helpers last Wednesday night, giving him 24 points (5g, 19a) in his last 16 games overall most of any NHL skater since December 16 (Patrick Kane is second with 22 points during that span). Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, Kopitar has six points (2g, 4a) in his last six regular-season skates vs. Chicago. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/28/blackhawks-game-notes-for-wednesday-la/

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They have two all-stars here. They will play in their second stadium game in February. Wed rather be sitting behind the Blackhawks, giving them all the attention, and then when the playoffs come around and we face them, then thats our opportunity to beat them, said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. As players, we dont mind that. Were fine with standing in their shadow. It doesnt bother us. Not every individual would want to do all that. The NHL season is a grind mentally and physically, and lots of players would rather enjoy the all-star break than the All-Star Game, especially on top of everything else. Its just like, Oh, here we go again, said Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter. But those guys, theyre so good at managing all the stuff they do, whether its marketing stuff or media stuff. To be able to flip the switch and go play the way they play, and then hop back to that, and their families, its pretty impressive how they do handle that. Thats a lot of stuff that theyre dealing with. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-soar-into-all-star-game-as-nhl-s-go-to-glamour-team-231754648-nhl.html

Tyler Toffoli tied it with 6:11 left for the defending Stanley Cup winners, who made a dynamic rally in their first game back after stumbling into the break in ninth place in the Western Conference after losing seven of eight. Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, thwarting a huge Blackhawks surge in front of Los Angeles’ net in the final minute. “I think we needed a win real bad, and to get it against a team like Chicago is real good,” Toffoli said. “Tonight was a night that we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could win big games, and we did it.” Andrew Shaw slipped a tricky shot past Quick for his ninth goal of the season 2:25 into the third, but Toffoli eventually answered with his 13th goal, scoring from the slot to highlight a strong first game back from a six-game absence with mononucleosis. Moments later, Muzzin got a shot from the blue line past Corey Crawford with an apparent deflection off the stick of Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson. Crawford refused to speculate on whether he had faced interference on the last goal. “I’m not going to talk about that, because I’d probably get fined or something,” said Crawford, who stopped 23 shots. Quick’s big finish capped another memorable meeting between the teams that have won the last three Stanley Cup titles and four of five. The Kings eliminated the Blackhawks in an epic conference finals last summer, winning Game 7 in overtime in Chicago with Alec Martinez’s deflected goal off Nick Leddy. “They’re a top team, and they have been for a long time,” Carter said. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-toffoli-muzzin-score-late-la-kings-rally-past-chicago/article_78350414-a789-11e4-978b-cb085ec07d66.html

 

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