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Strange As It May Seem, Tyler Toffoli’s Play Without The Puck Might Be Key To Staying With LA Kings

Right wing Tyler Toffoli, shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings rookie right wing Tyler Toffoli has certainly made his presence known by scoring timely goals, including four game-winners, and even though his game slipped a bit for a few games, he has bounced back, and has looked better than he did when he was recalled by the Kings on November 2.

In 21 games with the Kings, the 21-year-old, 6-1, 196-pound native of Scarborough, Ontario has scored eight goals and has tallied seven assists for 15 points, with a +11 plus/minus rating and two penalty minutes.

Toffoli is ranked tenth in rookie scoring, seventh in rookie goal scoring, and he leads all rookies in game-winning goals (four).

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Frozen Royalty Video: King, Jones Lead LA Kings To 3-2 Shootout Win At Anaheim

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (right) congratulates goalie Martin Jones on his first National Hockey League win, a 3-2 shootout win at Anaheim on December 3, 2013.
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ANAHEIM, CA — Dwight King scored the lone goal in a nine-round shootout, and Martin Jones made his National Hockey League debut in goal—both led the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim on December 3.

Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown scored goals for the Kings, while Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry scored for Anaheim.

Jonas Hiller was outstanding in goal for the Ducks, making 49 saves, while Jones stopped 26 shots for the Kings.

Jones and Kings head coach Darryl Sutter spoke to the media after the game, and you can watch videos of those media scrum interviews below.

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Comfort + Confidence = Contributions For LA Kings Left Wing Dwight King

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the earliest days of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 training camp, head coach Darryl Sutter has been singing the praises of left wing Dwight King, referring to the 24-year-old native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan as his best player during training camp, and he has continued to speak highly of the much-maligned forward, to the chagrin of the considerable number of detractors he has gained since last season.

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Win Over San Jose Brought Out Best From LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings right wing Jeff Carter will be out of action for awhile due to what is believed
to be a foot or ankle injury.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported in this space on October 24, the Los Angeles Kings’ game is built around establishing a strong, relentless, smothering forecheck.

The only problem is that through 14 games this season, their forecheck has not always been there.

“The biggest part of our game is the forecheck, and it hasn’t been there every night,” winger and captain Dustin Brown told Frozen Royalty on October 23. “It’s been really inconsistent. When we’re really good, and hard to play against, it’s because our forecheck is really good.”

One week after Brown made that remark, his team put in their best effort of the season, despite glaring blunders on two goals against, to beat the National Hockey League’s best team to date, the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in overtime, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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