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Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Ducks 1

November, 28, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday afternoon.

How it happened: The Blackhawks outshot the Ducks 11-1 while building a 2-0 lead the first 13:30 of the opening period. Anaheim called timeout after the second goal and the Ducks must have listened because they scored minutes later and outshot the Blackhawks 5-0 over the remainder of the period. Chicago ended up going 13:27 without a shot on goal, which included a two-minute power play, before Patrick Kane's second-period goal off a spectacular no-look backhand feed from Kris Versteeg reinstated the two-goal lead.

What it means: The Blackhawks are guaranteed a winning record on their six-game circus road trip with one game remaining Saturday night at the Los Angeles Kings. So far, Chicago has won four of five on its second-longest road trip of the season, and Friday’s victory moved the Blackhawks within three points of the idle Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division.

Player of the game: Duncan Keith delivered one of the prettier assists you’ll see this weekend. Keith had a clear path to the net after receiving a backhand pass from Daniel Carcillo early in the first period, but Keith but spotted Andrew Shaw camped out near the opposite post and fed a perfect pass onto his stick, catching Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen and just about everyone else on the ice by surprise. Shaw made easy redirect in the net for a 2-0 lead and his second goal in two games. Keith finished a plus-3, his best rating this month.

Stat of the game: Marian Hossa still can’t buy a goal. The 17-year veteran came into Friday’s game with three goals on 70 shots on goal this season, including nine unrewarded attempts in Wednesday’s victory against the Colorado Avalanche. He looked to have a sure goal against the Ducks as the puck came to him while he waited just to the left of the crease with Andersen well out of position. Hossa had 90 percent of the net uncovered even as Andersen shot his outstretched left arm across the crease, but Hossa shot the puck into Andersen’s wrist. After the whistle, Hossa threw his stick in the air out of frustration and trudged back to the bench empty-handed again. Hossa, who came in having scored on 12.6 percent of his shots in his career, finished with three shots on goal to drop his season success rate to 4.1 percent.

What’s next: The Blackhawks will try to finish their road trip with a 5-1 mark as they take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings on Saturday night at Staples Center.

Blackhawks' 20-game season review

November, 23, 2014
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Corey CrawfordJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesCorey Crawford has played some of the best hockey of his career through the first 20 games.


The Chicago Blackhawks are almost a quarter of the way through the season after playing 20 games. Here are 15 things we have learned about them so far:

1. The Blackhawks don’t have an amazing record at 12-7-1, but it’s not bad considering their early scoring troubles and they are still right there among the Central Division leaders. They’re in third place in the Central behind the Nashville Predators (13-5-2, 28 points) and St. Louis Blues (13-6-1, 27 points). The Blackhawks are trending upward. They’re on their first three-game winning streak of the season and have won five of their last six games. One area they have already corrected from last season is their overtime/shootout record. They were 3-8 last year and are 4-1 this season.

2. The Blackhawks can still fill the net. They went through an unlucky stretch early in the season, when they were leading the league in shots but didn’t have the results to show for it. That’s changed in the last few weeks. Their shooting percentage is getting back to normal. They have scored 32 goals over the last eight games. They still lead the league in shots (36.7 per game) and their scoring average is up to 2.95, which is tied for seventh. Their shooting percentage is still a few percentage points below their average the last few years, so expect the goals average to increase some more over time. The Blackhawks were third in shots-per game (33.1) and second in goals-per-game (3.18) last season.

3. Corey Crawford is playing at an elite level. He has a 1.90 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 14 games. He ranks fifth in the league in save percentage. His start to the season is comparable to what he did in the shortened 2012-13 season, when he was consistent throughout the season and finished ranked sixth in the league in save percentage. It’s the only time he’s finished in the top 10 in save percentage. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his 14 games this season. He’s especially improved against the power play. He had a .864 power-play save percentage last season and it’s currently at .905.

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Carcillo could return earlier than orginally expected

November, 11, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo could return to game action as early as Sunday after missing two-plus weeks with a lower-body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

Carcillo suffered the undisclosed injury against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 25. He was expected to miss about a month with the injury. Saturday will mark three weeks. He participated in the team’s morning skate Tuesday.

The Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars on Sunday before beginning a six-game road trip Nov. 20.

“We’ll see if he gets in before we go on the trip or not,” Quenneville said. “Could be Sunday’s decision. For sure on the trip.”

Carcillo said Tuesday he felt good and was getting his wind back. He said Tuesday was the second time he’s been on the ice.

Carcillo has tried to stay positive despite having been through three serious lower-body injuries in the past four seasons.

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Carcillo expected back for circus trip

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will likely return from a lower-body injury during the team’s upcoming circus road trip, coach Joel Quenneville said on Sunday.

Carcillo suffered a lower-body injury against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 25. He was expected to miss four weeks due to the injury. He recently began skating again.

“Tough to say, I still think we leave it at that on the timeline we had it on,” Quenneville said on Sunday. “Get him out here a little more on his own skating, get him injected in practice and then contact. So, probably looking that trip at some point, I’m thinking.”

The Blackhawks begin a six-game road trip on Nov. 20 and end it on Nov. 29. The Blackhawks are forced to be on the road for that long because the United Center hosts the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus from Nov. 19-30.

The Blackhawks signed Carcillo to a one-year deal in October after he played with the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers last season. He has one goal in seven games this season.

W2W4: Capitals at Blackhawks

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CHICAGO -- Here’s what to watch for when the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks play at the United Center on Friday:

• The Blackhawks are coming off one of their best games of the season, a 5-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. It was just the fourth time they scored more than two goals in a game this season. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and improved them to 7-5-1.

• The Capitals have dropped their last five games and are 4-5-3 on the season. Alex Ovechkin (six goals, seven assists) and Nicklas Backstrom (three goals, 10 assists) each lead the Capitals with 13 points.

• The Blackhawks will be without forward Patrick Sharp for 3-4 weeks after he suffered a lower-body injury Tuesday. He has three goals, six assists and is third among the team’s forwards in ice time this season. The Blackhawks are also still without forward Daniel Carcillo, who was injured Oct. 25. The Blackhawks recalled Peter Regin on Thursday to give them 12 healthy forwards.

• The Blackhawks’ lines are expected to be Ben SmithJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane, Brandon SaadAndrew ShawMarian Hossa, Bryan BickellMarcus KrugerKris Versteeg, Regin – Brad RichardsJeremy Morin. The defenseman pairings are expected to be Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook, Johnny OduyaNiklas Hjalmarsson and Trevor van RiemsdykDavid Rundblad.

• Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will start his fourth consecutive game since returning from injury. He’s 4-2-1 with a 1.53 goals-against average and .938 save percentage this season.

Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals. He’s 3-3-2 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .891 save percentage this season.

• The Capitals are one of the league’s premier power-play teams and are second in the NHL at 29.3 percent. The Blackhawks lead the league with a 92.7 penalty-kill percentage.

• The two teams will next meet in the Winter Classic, which will be held at Nationals Park on Jan. 1, 2015. The players wore winter caps in their dressing rooms during interviews Friday.

Hawks' Carcillo out four weeks with injury

October, 26, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo is expected to miss four weeks with a lower-body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on Sunday.

Carcillo suffered the injury when St. Louis Blues T.J. Oshie collided with him at 5:06 of the third period on Saturday. Carcillo fell to the ice and immediately grabbed his right knee. He skated off the ice and went to the team’s dressing room. He did not return to the game.

Quenneville was unsure whether the Blackhawks would place Carcillo on long-term injured reserve. He will be replaced by Jeremy Morin in the lineup.

Carcillo has suffered two previous knee injuries with the Blackhawks. He suffered a season-ending left knee injury during the 2011-12 season and required surgery. He missed 15 games with the Blackhawks due to a right knee injury during the 2012-13 season. Quenneville was unsure if Carcillo's latest injury was related to a previous one.

The Blackhawks signed Carcillo to a one-year deal in October after he played with the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers last season. He has one goal in seven games this season.

Carcillo taking advantage of chance with Hawks

October, 12, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Daniel Carcillo is in a good place in life and on the ice.

With his first child on the way and having signed with the Chicago Blackhawks again just before the season began, the 29-year-old forward is as focused and driven as he’s ever been.

“It’s a little different when you’re playing not for yourself anymore when you know you have a kid on the way,” Carcillo said Saturday. “You’re playing for two people -- actually three, the dog. It’s different. It’s nice. It makes you work harder. You see things clearer.

“I left here on good terms and came back the same way. It’s kind of a second chance, last chance if you will, as you’ve seen what’s going around the league. Just got to play hockey.”

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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhDaniel Carcillo's first goal of the season capped the Blackhawks' four-score third period.
Carcillo did just that in the Blackhawks’ 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. He scored a goal, put five shots on net and had a plus-11 Corsi while playing left wing on the fourth line. He also drew two penalties and was called for one.

Saturday marked the 57th game he had played for Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville over three seasons. Quenneville couldn’t remember many better.

“That was one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play tonight,” Quenneville said. “I thought he had real good pace and purpose to his game. I think knowing limitations and those guys, how they’re aware of them. He had real good pace and structure to his game, which was good.”

Quenneville also thought Carcillo’s understanding of where he is in career has helped him. Carcillo was cut by the Pittsburgh Penguins near the end of their training camp, then signed a one-year, $550,000 deal with the Blackhawks after playing in one preseason game.

“As a player, certain guys know where they’re at organizationally and contractually,” Quenneville said. “You don’t know how many kicks you have at the can. You make sure that whether it’s your last game, your last shift, your last season, you play it accordingly when you’re in those spots. Those players know where they’re at. It’s a special league and it’s a special place to play. You might as well give everything you got all the time and try to enhance your situation.”

Carcillo has sometimes in his career been his own worst enemy, playing undisciplined hockey. It’s something he believes is no longer the case.

“Everyone talks about it all the time, but the last couple of years I haven’t really done too many undisciplined things,” Carcillo said. “I don’t care what you guys talk about. If I listened to what you talk about, I wouldn’t be here right now.

“I feel good, skating well, getting on bodies, forechecking, that’s my main concern right now. Kind of proving energy night in and night out.”

Carcillo might not listen to the media, but he does respect what Quenneville says. Carcillo was frustrated with himself after he picked up a penalty in Saturday's third period just after Quenneville told him precisely not to do that. Carcillo did redeem himself seconds after getting out of the box by scoring a goal.

Carcillo joked that he'd better quit scoring, though.

“I don’t want to price myself out of the league, so I got to slow down,” he said with a laugh.

Carcillo looks to fill role again for Hawks

October, 3, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Daniel Carcillo is ready to be the player the Chicago Blackhawks hoped he would be during his last stint with the team.

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Carcillo was hampered by knee injuries when he was last with the Blackhawks from 2011-2013. He was limited to 51 regular season and four playoff games during those two seasons. The Blackhawks gave up on him after the 2013 season and dealt him to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional draft pick in July of 2013.

Carcillo, 29, is now being given a second chance with the Blackhawks. He was added to the team's training camp roster on Friday after being released by the Pittsburgh Penguins from a professional tryout contract on Thursday. Carcillo will play in the Blackhawks' final preseason game on Friday and could earn himself a spot on the NHL roster.

"We're going to play him [Friday night]," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the team's morning skate on Friday. "We're going to consider signing him here. We'll see what plays out in the next few days."

Carcillo could end up filling a physical, fourth-line role for the Blackhawks. The role was expected to go to forward Brandon Mashinter out of training camp, but he suffered an undisclosed injury during a preseason game on Wednesday.

Carcillo knows the role well. It was what he had hoped to provide the Blackhawks in his last stint with the team.

"My last year [with the Blackhawks] I had 16 months off from the ACL [injury] and then getting injured in the first game [in 2013] the last time I was here," Carcillo said. "I'm in a lot better shape now. I'm down about 15, almost 20 pounds. I'm feeling I could really get around, and I know I can help this team in a role that you look around and it seems to be lacking.

"I think there's certain guys that you have to make feel comfortable and let them play their game, puck possession, whatever it may be, and not let people mess around with them or get in their head. You look around the room and there really isn't someone in here that has been doing it for a lengthy amount of time. I'm just kind of coming in and they obviously want you to play too, so that's something I can do and I'm looking forward to it."

Carcillo has bounced around the NHL since leaving the Blackhawks. He began the 2013-2014 season with the Kings and then was traded to the New York Rangers in January. He finished the season with the Rangers and appeared in eight playoff games. His two-year contract, which he originally signed with the Blackhawks in 2012, came to an end last season. He joined the Penguins training camp last month and was limited due to a foot injury.

Quenneville played Carcillo in a variety of spots before with the Blackhawks. Quenneville is hopeful Carcillo can find a role with the team again.

"We like the presence that he had with our team there in the lockout year," Quenneville said. "He gives us energy. He's one of those guys that can be disruptive, plays hard, can be used in situations where all of a sudden he was playing with [Jonathan Toews] and [Marian] Hossa. He can play on a line where you expect him to be a banger and a crasher and play that type of role for us. He's lost some weight.

"I thought he had a real good year last year with the Rangers and added something to their team at the end of the year. He's excited about this opportunity for sure. So, we're happy to have him here."

Carcillo is certainly happy to be back.

"Like I said before, I've been here before, I'm comfortable, I know the guys," Carcillo said. "When I left here it was amicable. Everyone was awesome to me, so coming back feels right. Like I said before, I have family here and a place here. It's not every day that a player like me gets to go back to the town that they want to be in, so it's nice to be here."

The Blackhawks' active roster includes 29 players, including 16 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders.

Blackhawks' Top 10 games of 2013

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Brent SeabrookScott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/MCTThe Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook celebrates his overtime goal to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals at the United Center on May 29.


The Chicago Blackhawks played in some unforgettable games during 2013. There's still three to go, but here’s a look at the 10 best so far:

No. 10 -- Blackhawks 6, Senators 5, Oct. 29: Nine of the Blackhawks’ top games of 2013 occurred last season, mostly due to the context of the Blackhawks’ playoff run and their points streak. This recent game made the list because it had a bit of everything. The Blackhawks went down 4-2, and Nikolai Khabibulin was relieved by Corey Crawford in the second period. Crawford stopped 14 of 15 shots over the remainder of the game. Jonathan Toews took care of the rest. He scored three consecutive goals and put the Blackhawks ahead 5-4. Toews also had an assist. Andrew Shaw scored two goals, and Marian Hossa tallied his 100th career Blackhawks goal.

No. 9 -- Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2, March 6: The Blackhawks turned to many different players to contribute during their 24-game points streak. This was Daniel Carcillo's day. Carcillo scored the game-winner with 49.3 seconds left in the third period to defeat the Colorado Avalanche and had one of the season’s more memorable celebrations as he skidded on his knees. The Blackhawks would lose the next game and their record-setting streak ended.

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High, lows of former Hawks around NHL

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The Chicago Blackhawks bid farewell to a handful of players after last season and one at the start of this season. Here’s a look at how those players are faring elsewhere:

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AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Nathan DenetteSince his departure from the Blackhawks, Dave Bolland has made major strides with Toronto.

Dave Bolland, Toronto Maple Leafs, traded for draft picks

The change in scenery has done wonders for Bolland. He’s quickly become an impact player for the Maple Leafs on both sides of the ice and has helped them to a 9-4-0 record. He has six goals and four assists in 13 games and has averaged 16:46 of ice time. He failed to produce a point in his Oct. 16 return to the United Center, but he’s since had three goals and one assist in the last four games. He also helped contain Sidney Crosby in the Maple Leafs’ recent 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Viktor Stalberg, Nashville Predators, free-agent signing

Stalberg was unhappy with his role with the Blackhawks by the end of last season. He was looking to move on and get a fresh start somewhere else. The Predators saw a lot of upside in Stalberg and signed him to a four-year, $12 million contract. It’s been downhill since then. Stalberg began the season injured. He entered the lineup in mid-October and has since struggled. He has zero points in six games and has been scratched the last two games.

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Ray Emery's decision to leave the Hawks for a chance to start with the Flyers has backfired early, as he's struggled in his first couple of games.

Ray Emery, Philadelphia Flyers, free-agent signing

Emery chose to leave the Blackhawks -- not because of money, but because he saw an opportunity to start for the Flyers. The Blackhawks are actually paying Nikolai Khabibulin more than what Emery received from the Flyers. Emery’s plan hasn’t worked out for him. He struggled in two early-season starts, allowing four goals in each game. Steve Mason was given an opportunity to start for the Flyers, and he’s running with it. He’s started the Flyers’ last five games and hasn’t allowed more than three goals in any of them. Emery was always a team player with the Blackhawks and appears to be saying the right things again in Philadelphia.

Michael Frolik, Winnipeg Jets, traded for draft picks

While the Blackhawks still search for someone to replace Frolik on the penalty kill, Frolik is looking for consistency with the Jets. Frolik began the season with a bang, as he scored two goals in the first game and had an assist in the second game. Since then, he’s had zero goals and three assists in the last 11 games. He’s averaged 14:07 of ice time, but he’s not often utilized on the penalty kill. He was second among forwards in short-handed ice time for the Blackhawks last season and is just averaging 52 seconds a game on the penalty kill this season. The Blackhawks will face Frolik for the first time this season on Saturday.

Daniel Carcillo, Los Angeles Kings, traded for conditional draft pick

Carcillo was in and out of the Blackhawks’ lineup throughout his stay in Chicago, and it was no surprise he was traded to the Kings. He’s had one goal and one assist and averaged 10:07 of ice time in nine games this season. He’s been in two fights and has 16 penalty minutes and 16 hits. It’s about what’s expected from him.

Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators, free-agent signing

Hutton wasn’t given much of a shot with the Blackhawks. He played just one game with them. He signed a one-year deal with the Predators in the offseason and has already played in four games this season, because Pekka Rinne has been out of the lineup. Hutton has a 2-1-0 record with a 2.42 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. He struggled in the Predators’ last game and was pulled in the third period during a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Ryan Stanton, Vancouver Canucks, waiver claim

Stanton was put on waivers when the Blackhawks decided to keep Michael Kostka as the team’s eighth defensemen. The Canucks claimed Stanton and have put him to use. Stanton has averaged 14:10 of ice time and has had one goal, four assists and a plus-4 rating in 14 games. He had signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks in the offseason.

Top storylines countdown: 20-11

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ESPNChicago.com's Blackhawks reporter Scott Powers is counting down this season's top-50 storylines leading into this week's training camp. Here's the fourth installment:

20. Getting Leddy back to form
Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy had a postseason to forget with a minus-8 rating in 23 games and was limited to a career-low 2:37 of ice time in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville's lack of confidence in Leddy isn't expected to carry over into this season, but it would help both sides for Leddy to have a strong start to the season. He is still just 22, but he's now entering his fourth NHL season and will be expected to be more consistent. He signed a two-year, $5.4 million deal in the offseason.

19. Keeping Shaw on the right side of the line
Andrew Shaw thrived last season in the role of agitator and third-line center for the Blackhawks. On the third line, he was reliable enough defensively, was able to set up his wingers and could chip in the occasional goal. He has also been known to mix it up with opposing players and get under their skin. His post-whistle activities have at times worked against the Blackhawks and led to unnecessary penalties. Michal Handzus had a talk with Shaw during the playoffs about utilizing that additional energy, but also being smart about it. Shaw did a better job of doing that as the playoffs progressed. It will be important again for Shaw to find the right side of that line this season.

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Daniel Carcillo traded to Kings

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The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Daniel Carcillo to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2015 conditional draft pick on Tuesday, the Hawks announced.

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Carcillo misses practice due to sickness

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo missed practice Friday because of sickness, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Carcillo has not appeared in the playoffs since Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings on May 18. He has one assist and has averaged 6:41 of ice time in four playoff games this season.

Carcillo had two goals and one assist in 23 regular season games this season. He suffered a knee injury in the season opener and missed 15 games due to the injury.

No other Blackhawks player sat out Friday’s practice at the United Center. The Blackhawks did not practice Thursday following their three-overtime win over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday.

Carcillo out of lineup for Game 3

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DETROIT -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo was a healthy scratch from Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday after playing in the team’s last four playoff games.

Carcillo was replaced in the lineup by Viktor Stalberg. Stalberg was a healthy scratch in the series’ first two games after appearing 47 of 48 regular-season games and in all five first-round games.

Carcillo played in the final two games against the Minnesota Wild in the first round and the first two games against the Red Wings. He was a healthy scratch for the first three games of the playoffs. He had one assist and a plus-2 rating and averaged 6:41 of ice time in four playoff games.

Carcillo still fighting for lineup spot

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo knows what it's like to be odd man out of the lineup.

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Dave Reginek/NHLI/Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks' Daniel Carcillo had an assist in their Game 1 victory over the Wings.
Carcillo was a healthy scratch during spurts of the regular season and was left out of the lineup during the team's first three playoff games. While he's since played in the last three playoff games and contributed an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their second-round series, he still isn't taking anything for granted.

"I think it's more of a mental game than anything," Carcillo said. "But it's a day-in and day-out experience where you need to be sharp in practice and especially during games. It puts the onus on yourself to kind of play a perfect game and help the team any way you can. When the team's clicking like the last game, it's great, but I think we still actually have a lot more to give."

Carcillo's entire season has been full of ups and downs. After suffering a season-ending knee injury last season, he returned this season and suffered another severe knee injury, this time to the other knee, in the season opener. He missed 15 games due to the injury.

Carcillo played from late February to the middle of March, but then Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville became dissatisfied with Carcillo's game and began playing him less regularly. Carcillo was scratched in 14 of the team's final 26 regular season games.

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