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Hawks notebook: Carcillo gets back to basics

Hawks winger Daniel Carcillo Coyote defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsslook for puck first period Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes NHL game November

Hawks winger Daniel Carcillo and Coyote defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson look for the puck in the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks vs. the Phoenix Coyotes NHL game November 29, 2011 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 1, 2012 8:21AM

For Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo, Tuesday’s matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center was all about getting back to the basics. For him, that means checking, chirping and chipping in when he can.

Carcillo was in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the first time this season against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. He landed four hits in the first period, including a good one on forward Rostislav Klesla, but was credited with just one more after that in 13:39.

The hardest thing for Carcillo has been being the tough-as-nails player the Hawks signed and one who hopes to chip in when playing with Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane on the second line, where he was again on Tuesday.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he won’t “measure [Carcillo’s] game by offensive production,” but by his intensity. After a good start, Carcillo admitted his play had “dipped a little bit.”

Before being scratched, he was held off the scoresheet in five consecutive games, his ice time significantly dropped and he was moved to the fourth line.

“It’s tough,” Carcillo said. “For me to be effective, I have to play the same way every night and I got a little bit away from that.

“The biggest thing is being on the forecheck, being on the body and getting under people’s skin. That comes with skating, working hard and getting those guys pucks and finishing my checks on the right players.”

Coaching carousel

The NHL season is just past the quarter mark, but there’s already been coaching changes. On Monday, the Washington Capitals replaced Bruce Boudreau with Dale Hunter, and the Carolina Hurricanes got rid of Paul Maurice and brought in Kirk Muller. The St. Louis Blues were the first team to make a change, hiring Ken Hitchcock to replace Davis Payne.

“It’s a tough business,” Quenne-ville said. “The negativity, the players getting traded and the coaches being fired, it’s part of it. I think when you’re hired, you know that eventually one of those days will happen or could happen. That’s our business.”

Hawks happenings

Carcillo will host “The Bomb Shelter,” a one-hour program on 720-AM focusing on music. The first show is at 11 p.m. Friday following the Hawks’ game against the New York Islanders. It also will be online and available on mobile devices.

† For the second year in a row, the Hawks have been voted to have “shown the most innovation in its business practices,” according to a poll in the Sports Business Journal.

† The Hawks held a moment of silence before Tuesday’s game in honor of former Chicago first lady Maggie Daley.

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