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Red-hot Carter leads Kings against Flames
(Sports Network) - Jeff Carter has given the Staples Center plenty to cheer about during the Los Angeles Kings' current homestand.
The streaking forward will look to extend his goal-scoring run to five straight games on Monday night when the Kings end their residency with a second straight meeting with the Calgary Flames.
Carter has scored in each game of this homestand, which he began with his fifth career hat trick in last Monday's win over Nashville. He has scored once in each of the last three games, giving him 13 goals over his past 13 games and a Western Conference-leading 17 on the season. That is two back of Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead.
The winger netted a power-play tally in Saturday's 6-2 win over Calgary, helping the Kings improve to 3-1 on their homestand and 10-3-0 in their last 13. Carter has been a big part of that run and is bringing some excitement to Los Angeles' offense.
"Every time he has a puck, it doesn't matter where he shoots it from, it could be from the neutral zone, I feel like the fans expect it to go in," said Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. "So he's playing great hockey for us. You know he's scoring big goals and he's one of the leaders on the team and we need him to do that and he's one of the biggest reasons why we are in the standings where we are right now."
Quick made 17 saves in the win over the Flames, while Justin Williams had a goal and two assists. Anze Kopitar and Colin Fraser both finished with a goal and an assist, while Slava Voynov notched a career-high three assists for the second time in four games. Dustin Penner added an assist in a fifth game in a row.
Los Angeles' current run has helped it jump into a tie for second in the Pacific Division with 28 points, 11 back of first-place Anaheim.
The Flames, meanwhile, sit last in the West with 22 points, leaving them six back of a playoff spot. They have lost four of their past six, including the first two of a three-game road trip.
Mike Cammalleri and Alex Tanguay scored for the Flames, who have lost five in a row on the road and sit at just 3-5-2 as the visiting team this season. Matt Stajan had an assist on Tanguay's goal to reach 300 career points.
"We don't back down. We didn't feel like we got pushed around. We competed, but we were outplayed tonight. It was in the second period they took the game over," Calgary's Jarome Iginla said.
Making his third straight start since missing 13 games in a row with a knee injury, Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled in the third period after allowing six goals on 22 shots. Joey McDonald stopped the two shots he faced in relief.
While the Kings' offense feels confident every time Carter touches the puck, Tanguay continues to be opportunistic. The 33-year-old has seven goals this season on just 28 shots.
The Flames have lost three straight to the Kings, including the first two of three meetings this season. Los Angeles has swept its season series with Calgary only once before, taking all four meetings in 1999-00.
The Kings are 7-1-1 in the previous nine encounters overall.
03/11 12:26:04 ET
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