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2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2: Is Carcillo's return good for Flyers?

May 31, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

Carcillo5.jpgChicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2

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The Flyers lost Game 1 by just one goal, and were able to walk away
knowing that at least they have the ability to keep up with the Chicago
Blackhawks. Still, there’s no doubting that the Flyers were nowhere near
as good as they could have been and never came close to using the
attitude, physicality and perseverance they have become known for in the
postseason.

In an effort to get back to what had worked so well
before, the Flyers will be playing Dan Carcillo for the first time since
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Flyers lacked energy and
an overall aggression, something that Carcillo will certainly work to
provide in an extremely important Game 2.

If there is one player
on the Flyers that can instantly change the direction a game will take,
it’s Dan Carcillo. The small yet fiery player has the ability to be the
emotional spark the Flyers need, especially after spending the last
month of the season and the first two series of the playoffs becoming
something of a cult hero among the Flyer faithful.

Carcillo was
benched against the Montreal Canadiens to make room on the roster for
Jeff Carter, something that Carcillo understands as a move that was
needed for the team.

“Peter pretty much told me exactly why [I was
going out], and it’s a no
brainer – Carter comes back, he’s a 40-goal scorer, it’s pretty easy for
you guys to figure out, too.”

Yet it wasn’t easy for Carcillo to
just sit back and watch his team play without him. He’s an emotional
player, a guy who loves nothing more than to get out on the ice and stir
the pot. Yet he was relegated to watching the games from the box, not
being able to be there for his teammates.

“It’s probably the
hardest thing I’ve had to do in my career,” Carcillo said. “I’m a guy
who kind of wears his emotions on his sleeve and you always want to see
the team do well, and you’re still a part of the team, but it was a
tough pill to swallow.”

One thing the Flyers did excel at in Game 1
was playing a disciplined, in control game that never allowed the
Chicago Blackhawks offense to get rolling with the man advantage. With
Carcillo back in the lineup, there’s bound to be some penalties doled
out as he does all he can to shake things up with big hits and some
incredibly antagonistic approaches along the boards. Still, Carcillo
isn’t expecting to be so out of control that he’ll hurt his team.

“I’m
just going to play my game,” he said. “Running around, being
physical and not taking any penalties to put the team down. And staying
out of the stuff after the whistle.”

So is Carcillo’s return
something the Flyers need? He’ll be replacing rookie James van Riemsdyk,
so it’s not likely that the Flyers will be missing any big offense.
Carcillo also isn’t likely to see anything over ten minutes of ice time,
and will be used primarily as a means to give his team the mental and
physical edge they lacked in Game 1.

All in all, if Carcillo is
able to keep from doing anything dumb you have to see this as nothing
but a positive for the Flyers. They’re getting a player back in the
lineup that everyone on the team is happy to see back on the ice,
someone capable of providing emotional and physical support while having
the ability of scoring some timely goals as well.

As far as dumb
plays go, we could see some fireworks between Carcillo and the resident
agitator on the Blackhawks Adam Burish. Burish stated that he has no
prior history with Carcillo, although he added “maybe after tonight we
will.”

Carcillo might not be too thrilled with Burish after his
hit on David Krajicek in Game 1. It was a dangerous hit from behind,
although Carcillo isn’t expecting anything to happen with Burish.

“He’s a college guy. He’s not going to fight,” he
told Darren Dreger of TSN.

I’d say with
Carcillo, the Flyers are getting exactly what they’ll need: attitude.

  1. alex Romanelli - May 31, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    NO

  2. Randy - May 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Yes Carcillo is a godd addition

  3. Aron A - May 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Completely hurts them. The hawks offense should feed off of all of the stupid annoying talk that Carcillo dishes out.

  4. OmahaLancer - May 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Carcillo, Roberts and Pronger… nice cheap players. If they film another Slapshot movie, these guys should be the first line for the Chiefs!

  5. craig - May 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    NO!
    Him in the lineup is basically conceding defeat!

  6. One Timer - May 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Carcillo’s return is terrible for the Flyers but his return is fantastic for anyone who hates the Flyers which is almost everyone in America that doesn’t live in Philthadelphia. So I am very happy he is in the lineup tonight.

  7. Adam and Amanda - May 31, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Having Carcillo rturn has been a great asset to the Phialdelphia Flyers, do not understand why they took him out in the first place…
    Adam and Amanda

  8. PhillyPete - May 31, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Carcillo rejoining the Flyers is absolutely a good thing. Carcillo brings a lot of energy. I also bet the Hawks coach told his players before the game to watch their 6 o’clock.

  9. friarmike - May 31, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    How can the return of a malignant, cancerous boil be good for anyone?

  10. Philly Greg - May 31, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Oh yeah. Look how much attention he is getting!

  11. tkline3 - May 31, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    NO

  12. Anonymous - May 31, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Absolutely, because he’s the kind of guy who gets you from behind, like a con in the shower. Hope he’s wearing a condom.

  13. Nikki - May 31, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Definitely a good thing

  14. Ryan - May 31, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    He really is hurting his tem by taking so many penalties, If he keeps getting to many bad penalties, he’ll put his team down.

  15. Tao - May 31, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    That last penalty was BS. In fact two of the three against the flyers have been BS weak calls for a home town team. Carcillo has made a few nice passes and has been an asset in front of the net.

  16. Sean - May 31, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    He will end up hurting his own teammates before he does any good for Philly tonight.

  17. Coyote - May 31, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    I saw Carcillo frequently back when played for Phoenix and had his up and downs but he is entertaining and a underestimnated hockey player.. he has ne of the biggest cult followings and he has skills to boot. LOve or hate em, he evokes emotion. Nothing better than watching Carcillo as long as he doesn’t go over the line at the wrong time.

  18. kirsten - May 31, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Yes :]
    He is very good at what he does and is very entertaning.
    I like how he is very angry and laughs while he is angry
    He brings the energy up.
    I love Carcillo he makes me smile :]

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  20. Craig - May 31, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Well there was Carcillo standing at center and watching the Flyers go down 2 goals………good hustle Dan

  21. go hawks - May 31, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    He should be in the WWE…………… shut your mouth Carcillo and play hockey!!!!!!!!!! You have the face only a mother could love.

  22. coyote - May 31, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Good point Craig, why can’t you skate faster than a puck Carcillo. geez… maybe if everyone on philli wouldn’t have to line up to block shots for the goalie they could spread out. go Philli!

  23. PhillyPete - May 31, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    I think we can all agree that this GEICO Caveman commercial is getting old….

  24. nick - May 31, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    your obviously not a flyers fan, carcillo is a great addition, he picks up our intensity and really comes through on the forecheck

  25. Nick - May 31, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    like is said to someone else, yes it helps because he brings up the intensity and comes through on the forecheck

  26. FRIARMIKE - May 31, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Thanks God for Carcillo! GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. t-bone - Jun 1, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    In the first period I saw Philadelpia have a pretty bad Car* wreck in Chitown yesterday.

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