Memories of Stanley Cup Final Past: Car Bomb Results in Friendly Fire
When Carcillo was on the ice, opponents needed to keep their heads on a swivel.
To say that former Blackhawk Daniel Carcillo played with an edge would be an understatement. When Carcillo was on the ice, opponents needed to keep their heads on a swivel. However, in Game 2 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, then a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Carcillo proved that his teammates also needed to keep an eye out for “Car-Bomb.”
Carcillo was never the most skilled hockey player. He had more skill than your average agitator, but his mouth was one of his top traits on the ice. Car-Bomb decided to try and get under the Hawks skin. From puck drop of Game 2, Adam Burish and Carcillo were at a war of words.
Midway through the first period, Carcillo seen Tomas Kopecky in the middle of the ice playing a puck into the Flyers’ defensive zone. Carcillo lined Kopecky up and looked to make a big hit on the Hawks winger. Unfortunately for Carcillo, or perhaps more unfortunately for his teammate, Flyers winger Jeff Carter, was coming in to make a hit as well. Kopecky dodged Carcillo and Car-Bomb went straight into Jeff Carter, knocking him emphatically to the ice.
The United Center crowd loved it. The place went nuts. It was a huge hit, after all. Kopecky and Carcillo were nose to nose for a good chunk of time. Two guys were at center ice in each others’ faces and weren’t going to back down. That’s hockey.
The moment wasn’t over though. The Blackhawks had a guy who was known to run his mouth a bit as well. Adam Burish may have enjoyed this hit more than anyone in the building and he let Carcillo know all about it.
The quality of this video: Poor. The quality of Burish’s trash talk: Top-notch. In all honesty, this had to be one of the most embarrassing moments of Carcillo’s career. He nearly knocked out one of the best players on his own team.
The Hawks went on to win the game 2-1 to take a 2-0 series lead over the Broad Street Bullies. Marian Hossa opened the scoring late in the second period. Ben Eager, yet another scrappy player in the series, added the game winner just 27 seconds after Hossa’s.
This series was mean and nasty. Neither team was going to back down from the other. Carcillo left some bruises on Jeff Carter, for sure. However, from the altercation, Adam Burish made sure that Carcillo walked away with a bruised ego after his “first good hit of the year.”
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