A big part of the reason the Los Angeles Kings are the reigning Stanley Cup champions is because of “That 70s Line.” The trio of Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli teamed up in the postseason and immediately became a force for the Kings. So far in this young season they have continued that success, and might be the best line in hockey right now. On Sunday they dominated again and in a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets came up with one of the best goals of the season so far.
On the play in question, Toffoli collected the puck on the right side of his own zone. The 22-year-old immediately spotted Pearson on the opposite side of the zone and knew that with his speed, he could out-skate the last defender deep. Then Toffoli flipped the puck over everyone deep into the Blue Jackets’ zone. Pearson won the race to the puck, and shot a rocket over the left shoulder of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. It was hockey’s version of an alley-oop and it put the Kings up 4-2 in the third period.