The Los Angeles Kings finally put a complete game together on both ends of the ice. Fans and critics have been waiting all season for this Kings team to play at their potential and they did just that this past Saturday night. The Kings have been inconsistent to say the least this season as they have been able to put a few wins together, but then lay an egg on the ice and get throttled in a loss. LA is in the tough Pacific Division where as many as 6 teams have a realistic shot to make the playoffs. The Kings are currently in 5th and one of the teams they are looking up to are the Vancouver Canucks. LA came out clicking on all cylinders against the Canucks and came away with an important win over a division rival.
The LA Kings did many things well in this victory over the Canucks, one of them being getting everyone involved either giving out an assist or scoring. Both Mike Richards and Tyler Toffoli led the Kings on this night as they combined for 3 goals and 3 assists. This was a wide open game as both teams featured stars all over the ice. The Kings just did a better job clamping down on defense and taking advantage of any Canucks giveaway. 3 of the Kings goals were a result of breakaways as LA’s passing was on point. The Kings kept their mistakes down and were able to dictate the flow of the game and were never in danger of losing the lead.
There are a few things the Kings can take away from this game to continue their winning ways, the first being the influx of youth into the team. Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey were recently called up from the AHL and both contributed in the victory over the Canucks. Toffoli scored 2 goals and worked well with Mike Richards and Vey fed the key assist for Jordan Nolan’s goal. LA is still without Jeff Carter, but have used a team effort recently to pull out wins over the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. Another take away from this game is the continued stellar play of goaltender Jonathan Quick as he has only allowed 1 goal in the past 2 games. The Kings have so many players that can score at any time and once Dustin Brown starts scoring this Kings team will be tough to beat. LA finished this 4 game home stand with a 3 and 1 record and will now head out to the East coast for a 4 game road trip.