It’s not very often that you allow 4 goals and still get the win, but that’s exactly what Jonathan Quick and the Kings did Monday night. It’s much more frequent that the Kings are in the middle of a week long scoreless streak. The Kings hadn’t scored since the 3rd period against Phoenix on March 18th. But the Kings broke out for 5, including Dustin Brown‘s game winner with 90 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Kings were helped by 20 year old Tyler Toffoli who continues to make a strong case for regular ice time. Toffoli scored a crucial goal to even the score at 4 halfway through the 3rd. His wrister through traffic surprised Corey Crawford. His goal scoring instincts could be a huge help to a team that goes through week-long scoring droughts. Who the prospect replaces on a roster that just won the Stanley Cup is another debate.
Jordan Nolan is one candidate, but the big winger demonstrated one of his best attributes with a long, brutal fight in the first period. Dustin Penner sat Monday in Toffoli’s stead, but Penner can be a game changer. When motivated, pancakes needs to get on the ice regularly. Dwight King? Kyle Clifford? Toffoli has good size, but he’s jot as big as any of those 4. But with 3 goals in 5 games, he’s going to see the ice down the stretch.
The Blackhawks scored first, and the Kings answered with two including Kopitar’s beautiful goal, the back and forth game continued with one from the Hawks’ Frolik, Drew Doughty‘s rush with seconds remaining in the second resulted in a Dwight King rebound goal with only .5 seconds left, and two more from Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to take a 4-3 lead.
The Kings showed tremendous determination to come back and take the lead in the final 2 minutes. They played the Blackhawks tough in their second matchup, but this unorthodox win for the Kings was an important win when they were starting to drift down the standings.