It’s obvious that things are getting a bit heated between the Flyers and Bruins, which is no surprise, and at the heart of it all is Dan Carcillo and Marc Savard. I know, it’s tough to think of Savard as a guy involved in all this, but before his concussion he wasn’t exactly the most innocent player in the NHL.
During a scrum in the 2nd period, which was kicked off by Carcillo’s sucker punch to the side of the head of Savard, the two were locked up along the boards when Carcillo claims that Savard bit his finger. Courtesy of Joe Haggerty, here’s each side’s take on what happened:
Here’s Savard, who claims that Carcillo intentionally put his fingers in his mouth:
“[Carcillo] embellishes stuff. Down at the bottom of the
pile he tried to pull out my front teeth. Is that a bite? I don’t
know. He tried to yank ’em out. I don’t know if he wanted me to look
like him. But he tried to pull them out. That’s for sure.”
“Last time I was bit was in grade school. That was pretty
cowardly. Yeah, that’s what I’m doing in a scrum is
trying to pull somebody’s teeth out. Whatever, man. He bit me. Guys
don’t bite. Men don’t bite.”
Carcillo intially went after Savard when the Bruin took a two handed whack at Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher. That doesn’t mean a shot to the head was warranted, and it’s going to be tough for the NHL to determine just what happened in that scrum. Here’s the video:
When the Colorado Avalanche hit the ice in Nashville on Friday night they will be facing elimination. They will also need to rely on their third-string goalie to help get them a win if they are going to extend their season.
The team announced on Thursday that Andrew Hammond will be getting the start, replacing Jonathan Bernier who had to leave Wednesday’s game after two periods with a lower body injury. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Bernier’s injury has been a nagging one and that he could still be available off the bench on Friday if needed.
The Avalanche had been starting Bernier because their regular starter, Semyon Varlamov, is out for the remainder of the season due to a lower body injury of his own.
Obviously, this puts the Avalanche in a pretty tough spot. Not only because they have to go on the road against the Presidents’ Trophy winning Predators, but also because they have to turn to a goalie that, including Wednesday’s brief relief appearance, has appeared in just eight NHL games over the past two years. He has faced only 127 shots in those appearances and managed only an .874 save percentage.
Hammond’s career has been a fascinating one to this point.
Late in the 2014-15 season he came out of nowhere as a 25-year-old rookie to lead the Ottawa Senators on an improbable late season run (where Hammond put together a 20-1-2 record) to qualify for the playoffs. Nicknamed “the Hamburglar,” his initial run in Ottawa was highlighted by fans throwing hamburgers on the ice to celebrate his wins. That run earned him a contract extension with the Senators and a bunch of free hamburgers from McDonalds. It was a crazy year.
After that, though, injuries and a decline in his production have limited him to just a handful of appearances in the NHL.
The Avalanche acquired him from the Senators earlier this season as part of the Matt Duchene trade.
Now he has to jump into the crease in an elimination game.
Earlier in the game, Hartman tried to line up Sven Andrighetto from a mile out in the second period but missed, prompting the latter to come and give Hartman some business, which included a stick below the belt to Hartman.
The Predators took Game 4 by a 3-2 margin, holding off a third-period comeback attempt from the Avalanche to take a 3-1 series lead.