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Rank the Players: “Big Guys” Push Kings to Victory

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.