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Video: Blackhawks’ Carcillo fights Blue Jackets’ Nikitin?

Mar 2, 2013, 1:30 AM EST

It wasn’t much of a fight. Chicago Blackhawks tough guy Dan Carcillo dropped the gloves with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin, who had yet to fight in his now three-season NHL career.

The fight took place early in the second period of Friday’s 4-3 Chicago win. Nikitin was responding to a massive Carcillo body check on Columbus blue liner Fedor Tyutin. But give credit to Nikitin, who went after Carcillo, an experienced pugilist in the NHL.

  1. r8rbhawk - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Props to Nikitin for standing up for a teammate, I’m glad he didn’t get hurt by Carbomb. That fight is a microcosm of the game. The Blue Jackets were outmatched but they kept on fighting and at least got a point in the standings.

    • chicagobtech - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      I had flashbacks to Towes dropping the gloves a few games ago. Wasn’t smart, wasn’t pretty, but it was something that needed to be done. Niktin’s stock went up with his teammates with that one.

  2. charliereno - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Give credit to Nikitin for what? Blatant idiocy? Carcillo’s hit was a thing of beauty: huge, and 100% clean. Niktin was obviously out of his element (and his mind); the terror in his eyes once he realized who he was locked up with spoke volumes…as did having his ass handed to him shortly thereafter.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Is this a joke? Carcilo is the king of fake tough guys. Carcillo gets pounded by every real tough guy every time. “Who he was locked up with” LMAO Oh the Terror.

      • odj810 - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        agreed he is not the best fighter. but he is effictive in his job and can play a little bit to. I’ll take that anyday over mcgratten/scott

      • sizzle299 - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Agreed 100%. The Sicilian punching bag is alright in his weight class but does not inspire terror of any real enforcer. I could name 20 guys in the league- without even thinking- that would inspire the effect your talking about. Plus he is a huge liability for any team- those of us whose teams he played on will not forget. 100% clean is a rarity. Hope you like the penalty kill…

  3. somekat - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Carillo is what he is. A fringe NHL player, that throws his body around and is willing to drop the gloves, but by no means, is he some great fighter. I watched him lose countless fights over the years in Philly

    If anything, he should be happy Nikitin can’t fight his way out of a paper bag. Carcillo was leaning in, with Nikitn’s right hand free, practically the entire fight. For whatever reason, Nikitin only threw like 2 rights, and niether had much on them.

  4. jkay1818 - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    This guy is a beast! Seeing him fight makes me think of guys like Joey kocur, stu grimson, probert…a bigger tie domi. What is this guys deal? What is with him fighting featherweights and first time fighters? This reminds me of when he was on Philly and went after gaborik. He had 6 punches in when gaborik didn’t even have gloves off yet. Get real with him. Everyone he fights that is remotely tough he gets pounded.

    • thompsonatl - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      I looked that fight up when he went after Gaborik. Gutless. I wonder if the announcer was talking about Carcillo when he said “Not much of a fighter”. For those of you who agree Carcillo is a wuss – check out what happens when you tangle with another middle weight – http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/98325.

  5. comeonnowguys - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    <– A 'Hawks fan counting the days until his contract expires.

    • paul621 - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      As a Flyers fan, I felt the same way when he was in Philly. It’s great to mix it up every now and then, but he was the king of stupid penalties.

  6. groess - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Can’t anybody take a clean hit anymore? Whatever happened to taking a guy’s number and getting even when the opportunity presents itself.

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