If there was any remaining doubt over his popularity, Daniel Carcillo fully won over Rangers fans with his Game 3 performance. He’s not the villain anymore. He’s their villain.
The Rangers can’t allow themselves to be dragged into playing the Flyers’ brand of hockey.
Carcillo began winning Rangers fans over during his Jan. 10 Garden debut against the Dallas Stars. Not only did he register eight crushing hits, he did so without spending a single minute in the penalty box.
The Rangers acquired tough guy Dan Carcillo from the Kings for a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.
The Philadelphia Flyers weren’t doing much with their power-play chances in their first eight games, but they’ve scored at least once with the man advantage in five consecutive wins. That’s more bad news than the reeling New York Islanders need to hear.
They say the sport of hockey has changed, that fighting and goonery has been shelved in place of more skill, more speed and more fair play. Really? The New York Islanders seem to want to believe all this and have for years built teams as such.