The NHL won’t hand Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli a fine or suspension for his hit on Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows, John Hoven reports.
Toffoli received a game misconduct and a five-minute boarding major in Saturday’s loss to the Canucks. Here’s video of that unfortunate hit:
Toffoli, 22, hasn’t been suspended before by the NHL. The Kings (who just recalled Mike Richards) have to breathe a sigh of relief, especially as they approach a five-game road trip, which starts on Monday. Burrows returned to the game, so that definitely seemed to help Toffoli’s cause.
Update: ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun tracks down a vague explanation for the league’s decision.
Quintal warned Toffoli that it was a dangerous play on Burrows but ultimately feels penalty on ice sufficed. So no further discipline
“The good news for the Kings player is Burrows returned to the game, which usually calms down any discussion about a suspension,” Friedman said. “The NHL will review this hit, but because it’s a busy day they won’t decide if there’s any kind of hearing until after tonight’s games are over.”
Not only had the Vancouver Canucks lost three times to the L.A. Kings this season, heading into Saturday’s contest, but two of those three games hadn’t even really been close.
The Kings had dominated, the Canucks had wilted. That changed Saturday in a feisty tilt that had just about everything.
The Canucks finally exorcised their demons against the defending Stanley Cup champions in a crucial 4-1 victory. Vancouver scored four unanswered goals, including a pair of empty netters to clinch the win and two points that keeps them second in the Pacific Division.
The Canucks improve to 86 points, which puts them four ahead of L.A.
Eddie Lack was sensational, especially early in the first period. He made 25 saves, as it was the Canucks who had the large edge in shots on goal, with 42, against the league’s best five-on-five possession team.
Burrows was injured, but did return to the game late in the third period.
On the ensuing five-on-three power play, the Canucks scored on Radim Vrbata’s 27th goal of the season.
In another physical game, the Canucks managed to get to goalie Jonathan Quick.
In the second period, Quick got up swinging at Henrik Sedin after the Canucks captain jabbed for the puck just as Quick covered it up for a whistle.
As the scrum formed at one end, Lack rushed from his net to center ice before apparently being told by an official to stop right there, while Quick appeared to shout something down to the Canucks goalie.
“If he wanted it, I would have gone for sure,” said Lack.
L.A. Kings forward Tyler Toffoli was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct after hitting Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows dangerously from behind into the boards at the L.A. bench.
The incident occurred in the third period.
Burrows had to be helped off the ice and was shaky as he got to his feet.
Seconds earlier, Toffoli had a short-handed breakaway but was denied on a pad save from Eddie Lack.
The Canucks took advantage, scoring on the ensuing five-on-three advantage to take a 2-1 lead.
Updated: Burrows returned to the game late in the third period.
The Los Angeles Kings have tweaked their lines ahead of tonight’s contest versus the Coyotes, with hopes of getting some goals from a few more of their forwards.
“We’ve got guys who haven’t scored in 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 games, whatever it is, and some of them have had zero scoring opportunities for the last five as individuals,” coach Darryl Sutter said, per LA Kings Insider.
Sutter didn’t name names, but winger Dustin Brown has gone without a goal in his last 11 games, while winger Dwight King has gone goalless in 13.
This morning, Brown was skating on the first line with Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar, while King was on the third line with Nick Shore and Justin Williams. The second line had Trevor Lewis, Jeff Carter, and Tyler Toffoli, with Kyle Clifford, Andy Andreoff, and Jordan Nolan comprising the fourth.