WCF Game 3 morning skate – Tyler Toffoli talks Carter and Penner

Comments from rookie Tyler Toffoli following the Kings’ morning skate in advance of Game 3 vs. the Blackhawks…

On always being available for the media:

“They tell you if they want you to wait around. So if they tell me to wait around, then I’ll wait for them.”

On how effective his line was in Game 2:

“Yeah, we played well. We have a lot of chances. I think, me personally, if I had scored a little bit earlier- I had a couple chances- the game could have been a little different. But you can’t really change it now, just have to move on to today.”

On Jeff Carter:

“He’s unbelievable  he’s so fast and so good with the puck. When we’re coming down the ice, if you give him the puck, he’ll get you in the zone and make those little plays and score goals.”

On having Dustin Penner on his line:

“He’s been great too. He’s such a big guy, he’s so good down low. If he’s working the puck down low in the corner I don’t think a lot of guys can knock him off the puck.”

On getting more comfortable playing:

“Yeah, there’s a certain comfort level that you play with. Obviously I feel pretty good right now and you just got to keep getting better every game.”

On being on the second line in Game 2:

“I mean obviously it’s good, but you still have to play the same way, you have to compete the same way, and just have to have a good game.”

On coming back from being down 2-0 in the series:

“I mean Chicago’s a really good team so it’s going to be tough. Today’s a huge game, and i think we’re preparing well and I think we’re going to come out really well.”

On his evolving game:

“I think my whole game has got to get better. I mean, starting as a 16 in juniors, I scored goals. Obviously every year you want to get better and score more goals. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.”

On it ultimately becoming a game of instinct:

“I think you can work on shooting the puck harder, get a quicker shot. Those things, I mean, obviously getting quicker skating, getting to the right spot at the right time a lot faster helps. Just working on your whole game, you have to be better all the way around.”

On if his speed was effective against Chicago:

“They’re a fast team. I just try to work as hard as I can, get to the spots when I could. I thought I did a pretty good job. I had a few chances there, I could have scored early, that could have changed the game.”

On how his transition to the NHL has been:

“My first year pro here, coming in, I just try to work hard, get better. I knew it was a lockout year, a lot of younger guys were going to be called up to the NHL right after the season were there. Just working hard, trying to get my game better.”

On if he needs to have a productive season or if he’s confident that with 30-point season he’d have been OK:

“Yeah, I don’t think points really matter for this organization. They just want you to be a real good all-around player. That’s what I went in this year to try and be, try and get myself to the right level that they want me to be competing at. Obviously they felt comfortable of the way I was playing to give me a chance.”

Line combos from morning skate are posted here and additional quotes are linked down below.

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