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:
Video: Weise records Gordie Howe hat trick after spirited scrap with Hamonic
Thursday’s game between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers wasn’t even nine minutes old by the time Dale Weise had recorded the Gordie Howe hat trick.
Already with the opening goal and an assist on Radko Gudas‘ goal, giving Philly a 3-0 lead, Weise dropped the gloves with Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic for a spirited fight off a faceoff.
Not many, if any, positives for the Islanders after a disastrous start. Needing a win to close the gap on the Boston Bruins in the wild card race, New York fell behind 5-0 by the time the first period was over.
There is perhaps even more bad news for the Islanders: Hamonic wasn’t on the bench to begin the second period.
The Islanders have since provided an update: Hamonic will not return to this game due to an upper-body injury.
The Islanders are off to a disastrous start in Philly, Flyers chase Greiss
Talk about the worst possible start for the New York Islanders.
Trailing the Boston Bruins by four points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders lived through a nightmare to begin Thursday’s game, falling behind the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 4-0 — before the midway point of the first period.
Dale Weise started the scoring at 4:30 of the first period. By the 9:19 mark, the Flyers opened up a four-goal lead and had already chased Islanders starting goalieThomas Greiss, who allowed three goals on eight shots.
For the first time since the lockout-shortened season, the Ottawa Senators will not have star defenseman Erik Karlsson in their lineup.
With the Sens four points back of Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead, Karlsson will not play tonight versus the Minnesota Wild, which ends his ironman streak at 324 consecutive games played.
Karlsson trails Brent Burns by only five points for the lead in that category among NHL defenseman. He also logs close to 27 minutes of ice time per game. Only three blue liners in the entire league — Dustin Byfuglien, Drew Doughty and Ryan Suter — play more on average per game.
The injury reportedly occurred when Karlsson blocked a shot against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Trade deadline acquisition Jyrki Jokipakka is expected to make his debut for Ottawa, per the Citizen.
“If we miss him for a game or two, we’re not sure what’s going to happen,” forward Mark Stone told the Ottawa Citizen. “He’s the best defenceman in the world. If you take him out of your lineup, it’s obviously a huge blow.”