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Flyers' Carcillo adds another dimension to series

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If Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals seems to have a bit more trash-talking, more hits and more post-whistle scrums, it's probably because of Daniel Carcillo.

The popular Philadelphia Flyers agitator will be in the lineup Monday night for Game 2 and his team trailing the Hawks 1-0 in the series.

"It was a secret," Flyers forward Ian Laperriere said after the team's pre-game skate.

It was Carcillo who let the cat out of the bag. Either way, Carcillo brings an edge that was lacking at times for the Flyers in Game 1.

He was a healthy scratch -- a decision Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called very difficult -- late in the Eastern Conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens and in Game 1 with Jeff Carter able to play.

Carcillo may seem like a wild card, especially if you look at his 207 penalty minutes in the regular season, but he has a knack for drawing penalties too.

"I'm not sure of the exact numbers," Laviolette said. "You would have to look it up. Somebody gave them to me. He doesn't cross over that line too much. In fact, that line goes the other way. I believe he finished top three in the penalties that he draws, as opposed to the penalties he takes. It was like a plus 25 rating.

"Danny Carcillo has done an excellent job with his discipline when he's been in the lineup, so he plays an aggressive game. He can agitate a little bit. He's physical. And I think he's done an excellent job of controlling his game and keeping it legal. "

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I do not know that much about the sport of hockey. I do know when an individual performs excellent defense. Antti Niemi, did exactly that last night in game two, especially when the Flyers were coming hard to the net with less than three to five minutes in the game, when they pulled their goalie.

I would rather comment on the little I interpret instead of the thuggery part of the game. I realize the game is aggressive, but not some of the hits against another player, particularly when against the boards or in open space.

One hit was so comical, I wondered what the Flyers player had to be thinking when his own teammate knocked the crap out of him. Maybe this portion is similar to football and you pick yourself up and keep playing. But it still was humorous.

But GO HAWKS & Antti Niemi keep defending superbly against the Flyers' attacks!!

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