Kings’ Toffoli scores 3 outside
Tyler Toffoli scored twice in the final minute to complete a hat trick and the Kings beat the Avalanche 3-1 on Saturday night at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the third and final outdoor NHL game this season.
Toffoli put the Kings ahead 2-1 with 54 seconds remaining, then scored in to an empty net with 4.3 seconds left.
The Kings won their second straight, improving to 4-12-1 since New Year's Day.
At 6,621 feet above sea level, this was the highest altitude ever for an NHL game. The Stadium Series game was a sellout — 43,574 fans, more than twice the capacity of the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Karlsson out for season: Sharks D Erik Karlsson is out for the the season after suffering a broken thumb, the team announced.
Karlsson, 29, suffered the injury to his left thumb during Friday’s 3-2 win over the Jets and will have surgery.
Karlsson leads the Sharks with 40 points (six goals, 34 assists) in 56 games this season after signing an eight-year, $92 million extension last June.
Also, F Evander Kane was suspended three games for elbowing Jets D Neal Pionk. Kane, 28, leads the Sharks with 21 goals and 110 penalty minutes.
’Canes taking it outdoors: The Hurricanes will host the 2021 NHL Stadium Series game next February at CarterFinley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.