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Hawks’ Daniel Carcillo still without a fight

Updated: November 29, 2011 8:27AM



At the end of his first shift as a member of the Blackhawks, Daniel Carcillo walked away from a fight.

He said afterward it’s not something he’s accustomed to doing. But going six games to start his season without dropping the gloves? That’s downright ‘‘weird,’’ Carcillo said this week.

‘‘This is probably the longest I’ve gone without a fight,
especially to start a year,’’ said Carcillo, who racked up 127 penalty minutes last season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Staying out of the penalty box has paid off for Carcillo, who helped clear a passing lane on Patrick Kane’s spin-o-rama assist for Marian Hossa’s goal Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

‘‘[If] you’re playing with these two guys,’’ he said, ‘‘why would you want to be sitting in the box for five minutes when you could be playing with two All-Stars? It’s a pretty easy decision.’’

But when the timing is right, Carcillo said he’ll be ready to throw fists.

‘‘When it’s needed, then I’ll definitely be there and try and get one,’’ Carcillo said. ‘‘When you finish your hits and play the way I do, fights are going to come.’’

Power-play tweaks

Coach Joel Quenneville shuffled the power-play units at practice Thursday, with Hossa substituting for Andrew
Brunette
on the first group. Patrick Sharp moved down low, with Hossa and Brent Seabrook running the point.

‘‘We don’t like the way things are looking,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘Whether you make a little change or one or two moves here, sometimes that can ignite it.’’



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