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:
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