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Rank the Players: "Big Guys" Push Kings to Victory

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Or should we say big dogs?

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Jeff Carter (three points) and Jonathan Quick (shutout) look to overcome the power of Anze Kopitar (two assists, a dog bobblehead, and a bunch of guys wearing the letters of his name) in our Rank the Players poll. Vote!

After losing an 8-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks yesterday, the Calgary Flames were bound to come out with a little bit of anger, right? Early on, Calgary actually kept pace with the Los Angeles Kings, too. After a scoreless first, though, the Flames looked overmatched against the players Alex Curry called "the big guys" postgame. Jeff Carter scored seven seconds into a power play off a faceoff win by Kopitar and a point shot by Drew Doughty. Milan Lucic made this pass to set up Carter for another...

... and then both Carter and Kopitar assisted on Andy Andreoff's sixth goal. In the midst of all that, Jonathan Quick was solid in net, and the Kings held onto a 3-0 lead at home against Calgary after some bad memories from a similar game last season.

More to come in the recap. Perhaps a note to Nic Dowd to not throw the puck into his own slot anymore... it was cool the first time, but you started making me nervous there.