Dan Carcillo

Chicago’s Dan Carcillo eager to do battle with Canucks past and present this season


If we’ve learned anything from Dan Carcillo’s days in Philadelphia it’s that he’s not afraid to speak his mind nor is he afraid to do whatever he feels like on the ice as well. From fighting during the Winter Classic in 2010 with Shawn Thornton at Fenway Park, to getting hushed down by Maxime Talbot during a playoff game that saw Talbot beat him in a fight, Carcillo isn’t one to avoid the spotlight.

When the Chicago Blackhawks signed Carcillo this summer, it seemed like a peculiar move as Carcillo has a bit of a bad reputation following him around. After all, he’s going to have to sit out the first two games of the season thanks to a suspension for berating officials during the playoffs and his maniacal play on the ice often leads to bad penalties.

Carcillo told the media in Chicago today that he’s excited for a new start in Chicago and is looking forward to getting a piece of everyone in Vancouver’s lineup… Both past and present as CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers shares.

“A few guys there play a little outside of their shoes,” said Carcillo, who threw out Max Lapierre as well as former Canucks Raffi Torres (now in Phoenix) and Tanner Glass(Winnipeg). “And I think I can keep most of these guys in check when we play them this year.”

The Chicago Blackhawks forward said Monday’s press conference was the first of his career, but he certainly knew how to win over the new crowd. In two months his focus is going to be back to what he knows best: irritating everyone not wearing the same sweater he is.

For taking aim on the Canucks, Carcillo was able to get one out of three correct so that’s pretty good for a baseball batting average, but it’s the fire behind his words that he’s hoping will impress the fans in Chicago the most. While some Hawks fans might not be excited to have Carcillo on board, the second he tries punching out a member of the Canucks or Red Wings, the fans at United Center will be chanting his name.

Hey, that’s how it worked in Philadelphia for Carcillo in the first place and he’s more than aware of that.

“I wasn’t very liked when I got to Philadelphia; they traded away a well-liked player for me (Scottie Upshall). And wherever I play I try to play with emotion. Sometimes emotions get the best of me,” he said. “But with time I’ve learned to hone it and I’ll have to do the same thing here. Everything I do I try to do as hard as I can and with a lot of passion. Hopefully fans embrace it.”

Undisciplined play will earn him a spot in the press box as coach Joel Quenneville won’t stand for it. Bad penalties killed Chicago last season as their penalty kill was one of the worst in the league, finishing 25th out of 30 teams in the NHL. If the Hawks kill doesn’t improve and Carcillo’s antics put Chicago in a hole, his welcome will be all but worn out fast. Being in the same locker room with the guys that beat his 2010 Flyers team for the Stanley Cup should be enough to help show the example he needs to follow.

One thing Carcillo does add is toughness and that’s something the Blackhawks were in the hunt for this summer. How he handles toeing the line between being effective and being a potential problem for his team will be worth watching this season.

Vatrano presence: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime

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The Boston Bruins keep flipping the script.

In Wednesday’s case, it swerved to a “Cinderella” story, as little-known forward Frank Vatrano scored two of Boston’s three goals – including the overtime clincher – as the B’s beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 (OT).

Here’s his first goal of the night:

While this is his overtime game-winner:

It wasn’t a perfect night for the 21-year-old, yet it may have been a convincing one.

The Bruins continue to begin a month on a sour note before ending up with impressive sprees.

October: 0-3-0 start, finished month with four straight wins and victories in six of seven contests.

November: 0-3-0 start, losses in four of five; currently on a four-game winning strek with victories in five of six.

Boston faces a challenge in closing this month out against the Rangers on Friday, and it’s possible that this trend may continue, as they begin December with a three-game road trip through Western Canada.

More than anything else, the safest bet with the Bruins is for ups and downs.

Crosby roars, Malkin scores in OT for Penguins win

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Controversy just seems to find the Pittsburgh Penguins. Credit Sidney Crosby & Co. for responding with a win on Wednesday.

Crosby generated two pretty goals, including this slam-dunk slapper:

… While Evgeni Malkin‘s overtime-winner stood as the Penguins managed a 4-3 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues tonight.

(You can see Malkin’s OT-clincher in the video above this post.)

Will this win and strong performance from Crosby silence murmurs about his relationship with Mario Lemieux? Probably not, yet it likely turns the volume down in some ways, including killing the “Is he struggling because of distractions” storyline.

You know, at least for a little while. Maybe.

Fight video: Claude Giroux vs. Nick Leddy

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Claude Giroux isn’t the nastiest, most physical captain the Philadelphia Flyers have employed. Even so, he can be feisty at times.

Wednesday showed that, as he clearly wasn’t happy with an earlier Nick Leddy hit, and eventually got the New York Islanders defenseman to drop his gloves.

You can see the fight and the check that inspired that scrap in the video above.

It’s the fourth fight Giroux has been a part of, with his most recent adversary being may his most bitter rival.

Not a heavyweight bout between Giroux and Leddy, mind you, but sometimes it’s amusing to soak in such a rare sight.

Update: The fight may have inspired the Islanders more than the Flyers, as they bested Philly 3-1 on Wednesday.

Carter Hutton gets flipped, stays in game

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Carter Hutton is getting something that might make fellow Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne jealous: goal support.

Still, there was at least one moment where Rinne was likely happy to be on the bench, as Hutton was left flipping during this collision with Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno:

Remarkably, Hutton remained in the game.

If you’re the type who loves adding to your “hockey players are tough” files, put this under the goalies section.

Check out this incredible shot of that moment:

Update: The Predators held off the Buffalo Sabres to win 3-2.