NHL Daily Power Play Recap 12/29/15: Toffoli's hat trick leads Kings to victory

December 29, 2015

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Tyler Toffoli (3-0—3) posted his second career hat trick to lead the Kings to a 5-0 victory over Vancouver on Monday.

Toffoli struck three times, including the game-winning goal, to lift the Kings to a 10-3-2 record in their past 15 games dating to Nov. 23. His lone other three-goal performance came on Feb. 12 vs. CGY (3-1—4). Overall, Toffoli paces the Kings with 17 goals this season (35 GP), six shy of his career high established in 76 games in 2014-15 (23).

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn.) stopped all 27 shots he faced to earn his 40th career shutout (third this season). In doing so, he tied John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.) and Frank Brimsek (Eveleth, Minn.) for the most shutouts by a U.S.-born goaltender in NHL history.

Kings defenseman Derek Forbort, the 15th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal (11 GP).

Kings forward Anze Kopitar (0-4—4) equaled a career high for assists in one game, last achieved Dec. 18, 2014 vs. STL (1-4—5).


Braden Holtby turned aside all 31 shots he faced to post his 22nd career shutout (second this season) and lead the Capitals to their eighth straight victory, their longest such run since April 2-16, 2013 (also 8-0-0).

At 27-6-2 (56 points), the Capitals continued their best start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 41-year history. They also moved within one point of the idle Stars (27-7-3, 57 points) for first place in the NHL standings.

The Capitals have earned at least one point in 16 of their last 17 games dating to Nov. 21 (15-1-1), including five straight wins as visitors. Their 13 road victories are tied for first in the NHL this season (w/ SJS).

Holtby earned his League-leading 23rd win of the season (29 GP), including his seventh in a row. He also paces the NHL with a 1.86 goals-against average and ranks second with a .937 save percentage.

Overall, Holtby has recorded at least one point in 16 consecutive decisions dating to Nov. 12 (15-0-1). Per Elias, he became the first goaltender to achieve that feat since Jonas Hiller (14-0-2 w/ ANA) and Semyon Varlamov (11-0-5 w/ COL) posted equal runs in 2013-14.


The NHL announced that it will host the first-ever Outdoor Women’s Classic on Thursday at Gillette Stadium as part of the festivities for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The abbreviated exhibition game, which will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET, will feature the Boston Pride of the newly formed National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) versus Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL).

MONDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)

Washington 2, BUFFALO 0
Montreal 4, TAMPA BAY 3 (SO)
NASHVILLE 5, NY Rangers 3
MINNESOTA 3, Detroit 1
Los Angeles 5, VANCOUVER 0
Colorado 6, SAN JOSE 3

TUESDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)

Ottawa @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., TSN5, RDS2, NESN
NY Islanders @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, MSG+ 2, TSN4
Carolina @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., FS-SE, MSG+
Dallas @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., FS-SW, FS-O
Montreal @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, FS-F
Nashville @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, SNO, SNP
Detroit @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., FS-D, TSN3
Anaheim @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., PRIME, FS-SD, SNW
Los Angeles @ Edmonton, 9:00 p.m., FS-W, SNOL
Chicago @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-A

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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