You suspect the
June 2012: The deep gratitude for the
The proven goal scorer is doing just that, along with facilitating and mentoring his young linemates, and has brought the Kings within two games of reaching the
His scoring explosion — seven points in the last two games — has brought linemates Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli along for the ride. They are both on four-game, point-scoring streaks, the best run of their young
"They're working and they're having fun," Carter said. "They use their speed and their skill to create opportunities, and they're kind of dragging me along with them."
The Kings lead this best-of-seven series, two games to one, and Game 4 is Monday night in Los Angeles. It is their first lead against the
"It's a 2-1 series against the defending Stanley Cup champs," Kings captain
They were able to make those key in-game adjustments after an up-and-down first period, which opened with them giving up a short-handed goal to Toews (who scored on a breakaway at 5:26). The Kings responded 50 seconds later with a power-play goal by defenseman
"We were just slow in our zone," said Kings defenseman
The Elias Sport Bureau said that Carter is the first Kings player to score three or more points in consecutive playoff games since
"It's not a one-line deal," Kings Coach
The chemistry between Pearson and Toffoli, a byproduct of their time in the minors in Manchester, N.H., is obvious from a quick glance. Putting Carter, probably the Kings' most versatile forward, into that mix seems like a master stroke now.
"They're rollin', eh?" Muzzin said. "It's clicking right now. They've got a bunch of speed and a bunch of skill and they're working hard. They've got some chemistry going. Tic-tac-toe plays and little plays around the net. They kind of know where each other are, so they were huge for us tonight."
Said Carter: "You don't have to do much to get them to relax. They're pretty easy-going guys. Tyler was a big part of our team last year in the playoffs, especially when