Hawks enforcer John Scott had a feeling that he'd be back in the lineup against the Flyers on Sunday.
"Obviously, Philly is a pretty physical team," Scott said. "I knew I had a good chance of playing because of my physical presence."
The Flyers have a handful of tough players who agitate and fight like Dan Carcillo, who was back in the lineup with James van Riemsdyk out with a suspected groin injury.
"They take penalties, and we didn't want to get sucked into that," Scott said. "That's where Jake [ Dowell ] and I have to step up and take the brunt of it for the team. We'll deal with that, so the other guys can go out and play. Jake and I talked about that before the game. He'll take Carcillo, and I'll take [Jody ] Shelley."
But no one was willing to tangle with the 6-8 Scott.
"Nobody. Shelley. Carcillo. I asked all of them every time we were on the ice," Scott said. "I don't know if their coach told them not to do anything. Carcillo, he's too small for me. He was just being a little [pest] out there."
Scott exchanged words with Carcillo during a faceoff and also bumped into him while he was chirping with Tomas Kopecky. But that was basically it.
Dowell did fight Carcillo, landing a good left to his face before the Flyers tough guy took over.
"I loved it when [Carcillo's] nose was busted up," Scott said. "I was so happy. I would love to do it myself, but no takers last night."
Here's the video of Dowell vs. Carcillo.
Bryan Bickell also got into a scrap with Scott Hartnell.