Video: Blackhawks’ Rozsival with an elbow to the head of Tarasenko


With the Blackhawks holding a comfortable 4-1 lead on the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night, things began to get a little out of hand.

It started with Michal Rozsival delivering an elbow to the head of Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko.

Rozsival was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing on the play.

However, as play went up ice, Blues’ defenseman Barret Jackman began going after Rozsival.

While the play was going up ice, Blackhawks enforcer Dan Carcillo came onto the ice during a legal line change and stepped in for Rozsival.

Carcillo was assessed a misconduct and tossed from the game.

You can see it all unfold here:

Blackhawks start circus trip with a win over Flames


The Chicago Blackhawks began their seven-game circus road trip with a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

The trip is caused by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus taking over the United Center for the next 10 days.

The Blackhawks are 20-9-2 during the yearly trip since coach Joel Quenneville was hired on Oct. 16, 2008. Chicago was 6-1-0 on the trip last season.

Adam Clendening opened the scoring with his first NHL goal. Daniel Carcillo gave Chicago a 2-0 lead before Paul Byron and Dennis Wideman responded for Calgary tying it at 2-2 after one period.

Brent Seabrook and Sean Monahan exchanged second period goals.

Patrick Kane scored the eventual game-winner, his seventh of the season, at 9:12 of the third.

Corey Crawford made 24 saves in the win while Jonas Hiller stopped 18 shots in the loss.

Carcillo (knee) expected to miss four weeks

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Dan Carcillo’s second stint with the Chicago Blackhawks is starting to look a lot like his first in one very unfortunate way. The 29-year-old forward has once again been sidelined due to a knee injury and this time he’s expected to miss four weeks, per CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers.

Carcillo sustained the injury on Saturday when he was struck by Blues forward T.J. Oshie:

Prior to the injury, Carcillo had a goal and two penalty minutes in seven games with Chicago in 2014-15. He also was averaging 7:38 minutes of ice time per contest.

He entered the summer as an unrestricted free agent and joined the Penguins’ training camp on a tryout basis. After failing to make Pittsburgh’s opening game roster, he signed a one-year, $550,000 contract with the Blackhawks.

Quick hits: Habs, Price get a little revenge vs. Rangers


There are 11 games on the schedule, so to keep you up to date on the action, it seems wise to put the results in one spot.

First, PHT posts on some of the individual results:

Sabres embarrass Sharks 2-1; Marc-Edouard Vlasic isn’t too worried

Bruins bump Jonathan Bernier out, leave Leafs soul-searching following 4-1 loss

Islanders win track meet against the Dallas Stars 7-5

The Blues beat the Blackhawks and left Dan Carcillo limping

Penguins blank Predators

Wild chase Nabokov, blast the Lightning 7-2

OK, that takes care of three of Saturday’s contests, but there are plenty of important ones that we’ll cover here.

Canadiens 3, Rangers 1

Are the Montreal Canadiens the best team in the East? It’s way too early to say, but they got a little revenge against the team that beat them in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals, topping the Rangers thanks in large part to Carey Price’s strong play. /Cues “What if Price didn’t get injured?” talk …

Price is on quite the streak lately, by the way:

The Canadiens are 7-1-0 even though there have been sloppy moments.

(Chris Kreider had a quiet evening, in case you’re wondering.)

Flyers 4, Red Wings 2

The Detroit Red Wings fired 37 shots on goal to Philly’s 17, but Ray Emery stole one for the Flyers. Could Emery find himself stealing some starts from Steve Mason as the season goes along? That’s a discussion for another day.

Flyers head coach Craig Berube admits it wasn’t the greatest performance … but he’ll take it:

Devils 3, Senators 2 (OT)

New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer illustrates how important this win was:

Naturally, Jaromir Jagr was the one to score the overtime-winner:

Coyotes 2, Panthers 1 (OT)

Roberto Luongo played very well in net, making 39 saves, but Florida was unable to provide him enough goal support. Bobby Lou’s likely hoping that such a common recap blurb from his original tour with the Panthers doesn’t remain a trend this time around; so far, that’s not looking too promising.

Justin Hodgman took quite a journeyman’s path to his first NHL game, yet it only took him that long to score his first career goal:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson ended up winning the game in OT (to Luongo’s chagrin):

Capitals 3, Flames 1

This is probably the type of win the Washington Capitals envisioned when they hired Barry Trotz.

Things didn’t go well for Alex Ovechkin – he didn’t get a point and broke two sticks on opportunities late in the third period alone – yet the Capitals were able to grind out a solid win.

Nicklas Backstrom was fantastic, scoring the insurance goal and nearly collecting another one before being thwarted by a game Karri Ramo.

Fittingly, a player who once played under Trotz with Nashville enjoyed arguably the best night, as Joel Ward scored two of Washington’s three goals.

One more stat that would probably make Trotz smile: the Capitals didn’t allow an even-strength goal tonight. Overall, Braden Holtby made 20 out of 21 saves to build back some confidence, too.

All in all, it’s a win by the Trotz blueprint. Washington hopes to see many more.

Video: Oshie injures Carcillo, Blues beat Blackhawks


The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the rival St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday. They also lost Dan Carcillo to a knee injury that could keep him out a week or more, according to’s Tracey Myers:

Here’s video of the hit, which was delivered by Blues forward T.J. Oshie:

Oshie didn’t receive a penalty on the play, but should he get a call from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for that?

It wasn’t the only unpleasant replay for the Blackhawks, as a disputed Ryan Reaves goal ended up counting:

Dmitrij Jaskin ended up scoring about two minutes later – and with just six seconds left – ultimately giving St. Louis a 3-1 lead that the Blackhawks couldn’t overcome.

While tonight was a grim evening for the Blackhawks, head coach Ken Hitchcock thinks that this could help the Blues turn things around:

What a difference a win makes.