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Bark Madness: Elite 8 Winners Announced!

See which LA Kings dogs will be advancing to the Final Four

by The Royal Half @TheRoyalHalf / LAKings.com

Wow, another amazing week of Bark Madness 2017 presented by Zignature! We are now through two rounds and over 35,000 votes have been cast as we search for the best LA Kings dog on the internet!

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The Elite 8 was where the competition really revved up and LA Kings fans across the country took to the streets to get out the vote!

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Even members of the LA Kings weighed in on which dogs they think should win Bark Madness!

Tweet from @LAKings: .@by_DeborahLew finds out who some of the Kings players are rooting for in this year's #BarkMadness.Vote now > https://t.co/f2ZKfjDGKx pic.twitter.com/ts685ryRPx

"He's big, he's cozy, he's warm, and he's going to win it all..."
Is Jake Muzzin talking about his dog or Drew Doughty? 

But, just like all of you, each player only gets one vote!

So let's take a look at the winners that will advance on to compete in the Final Four of Bark Madness 2017!

#1 GUSTL KOPITAR vs #8 DARYL MUZZIN

Jake Muzzin's dog, Daryl, stayed up late to watch the results...

Tweet from @PetsintheCityLA: #BarkMadness #Daryl voting for his own bad self! @courtfisch @LAKings @leighobaccesstv @theroyalhalf pic.twitter.com/nVAf71Se3M

It was a back-and-forth conpetition between diaper dandy Daryl and fomer champ Gustl. But in the end, this sweet St. Bernard couldn't rescue himself from the buzz saw that is Gustl Kopitar.

GUSTL: 52%
DARYL: 48%


#4 HANK MARTINEZ vs #5 BO CARTER

For LA Kings fans everywhere, choosing between Martinez and Carter was the most difficult decision of their lives.

Tweet from @skcourt82: Hank against Bo. What are you doing to me? ���������� #ToughChoice #TeamHank #BarkMadness https://t.co/DXzXsdA24g

And it was the first time in Jeff Carter's life that something was found to be more beautiful than he.

HANK: 57%
BO: 43%


#2 EMMA PEARSON vs #10 ONJA IGINLA

Father Time finally catches up to Onja Iginla and Emma Pearson moves on to the Final Four.

Tweet from @LAKings: Hey, remember when Jarome Iginla scored to make it 1-0 for the LA Kings?Yeah, that was awesome. pic.twitter.com/lTfjNxyTA7

Thankfully, Jarome Iginla has NOT been caught by Father Time!

EMMA: 63%
ONJA: 37%


#6 DODGER TOFFOLI vs #14 ARLO DOWD

This was easily the most popular of our Elite 8 match-ups as huge celebrities like Jamie Foxx and, well, Paul Bissonnette took to Twitter to help spread the good dog love!

Tweet from @iamjamiefoxx: Vote for my homie Dodger Toffoli into the Final 4 for #BarkMadness!https://t.co/DFOFr2r9vb

Tweet from @BizNasty2point0: So go vote for his dog Arlo. His dogs a savage. One track mind as you can tell by the red lipstick in this photo. https://t.co/eXZ4ebUqP2 pic.twitter.com/EMfmlJSjb7

And despite the support of the big-time Hollywood elite, the "can't-miss" candidate lost the election.

Hmm, where have I heard that before?

DODGER: 39%
ARLO: 61%

What an amazing Elite 8! We'll be back shortly to take a look at the match-ups and open up the voting for the 2017 Bark Madness Final Four!

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