Daniel Carcillo won’t change after suspension
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com November 2, 2011 8:46PM
Daniel Carcillo (13) battles Boyd Gordon (15) as goalie Jason Labarbera looks on in a game against the Coyotes. | Matt York~AP
Updated: December 4, 2011 11:14AM
SUNRISE, Fla. — Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo didn’t want to talk too much Wednesday about having to sit out the last two games for his hit on Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen.
But one thing is certain: Carcillo won’t change his game at all.
“If I change my game, I wouldn’t be playing in this league anymore,” Carcillo said. “I have to play a certain way. Like I said at the beginning of the year, with the way the game is being called now, it was just a matter of time before something happens. Something happened.”
Carcillo found instant chemistry with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, recording two assists and a plus-5 rating in seven games. But he was with Marcus Kruger and Jamal Mayers at practice Wednesday after coach Joel Quenneville altered his lines with him unavailable the last two games.
Looking back, does he think he extended his arms too much on the play on Pitkanen?
“No,” Carcillo said. “I thought he went down. It’s Joni Pitkanen, you know? Ask around the league. He’s a big guy but doesn’t play like it. It was a quick play. It happened. And that’s that.”
Duncan Keith (left hand) won’t play Thursday against the Florida Panthers, but Quenneville said his star defenseman is expected to be back soon. Keith injured his hand when he blocked a shot Monday against the Nashville Predators.
With Keith out, veteran Sean O’Donnell, a scratch the last two games, will be paired with Nick Leddy. Steve Montador also might see time on the power play.
“When you’re missing a player like Duncan, it’s always a tough loss,” Hossa said. “He won the Norris Trophy. He’s the top defenseman on our team. Somebody else is going to have to step up, and somebody else will get more minutes.”