Hockey Notebook: Iafallo, on Kings’ top line, searching for first NHL goal

LAKingsInsider.com asked Kings Coach John Stevens on whether former Bulldogs forward and rookie Alex Iafallo, mentally, needs to be rewarded with a goal for his efforts?

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“I think it’s a really slippery slope you go down when you start thinking that way. There are lots of examples. Probably Hyman’s a great example for Toronto. He’s a real blue-collar worker that ends up in the blue paint all the time and he gets in on the forecheck and wins a lot of loose pucks, and then he goes and stands in the blue paint. He doesn’t get all the recognition those other two guys get, but he’s critical to the success of the line. We look at Alex a little bit of the same way. There are so many good things in terms of the process of playing the game the right way. The results, to me, will take care of themselves. The results are the results of the line and the results of the team, and we’re not as concerned about what the individual stats might tell you. We’re more concerned about how he fits on the line and what he brings to the line, and we think it’s been really good.”

The Kings play host to Toronto at 9:30 tonight at Staples Center.

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