Tyler Toffoli has easily reached—and perhaps exceeded—the team's expectations for him early in his career.
He sits tied for third on the Kings with six playoff goals. He has racked up five assists for 11 points and has a plus-five rating in 18 games.
Via James Nicholson of LAKingsInsider.com, Toffoli spoke about the Game 4 win:
Obviously the score shows the first period we played really well, and the second period we kind of let it slide. We weren't putting as much pressure as we wanted to [on them]. The third period we tightened up and pulled through.
Toffoli has had success on a line with Carter and Mike Richards in the past, but he has elevated his play in the playoffs. The 22-year-old has shown great poise and composure against the Blackhawks. He's patient with the puck and back-checks effectively.
If he continues to contribute offensively, there won't be as much pressure on the Kings' top line to produce. And, L.A. should be in position to eliminate Chicago.