Daniel Carcillo knew his role when he was the Blackhawks second-line left wing, and hell be trying to do that again as part of the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Carcillo came to Toews aid when the Blackhawks captain and St. Louis captain David Backes grabbed each other along the boards in their game on Saturday night. St. Louis loves to get physical in its games and that was evident again last weekend. Carcillo also took umbrage at Backes choice of targets.
That Backes, its one of his jobs, Carcillo said. The guys hes fought, hes a big guy and tough but he hasnt answered the bell. He goes after guys like (Corey) Perry and fights guys like Toews. I cant let that happen.
Carcillo was a healthy scratch out in Los Angeles but the message obviously got through. While he started on the fourth line out of that scratched game, hes worked his way back up to the top line. Hes there to aggravate the opponent and give his skilled linemates space. The more than continues, the more hell stay among the top two lines.
It gives them more confidence to do whatever they want to do, Carcillo said. They should have that. In the last couple of years they didnt have that.
Coach Joel Quenneville said it was worth a shot, considering Carcillo had a strong start this season with Kane and Marian Hossa.
It was a physical game; we knew itd be a tough game (in St. Louis), he said. Immediately he looked like he fit in with those guys with his physicality and play recognition. He did a good job for us.