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Monday, January 2, 2012
Dan Carcillo ejected vs. Oilers

By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo was ejected from Monday's 4-3 loss against the Edmonton Oilers after being called for boarding at 7:23 of the second period.

Carcillo shoved Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert hard into the end boards behind the Oilers net as both were chasing the puck. He was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Carcillo also looked to have hurt himself on the play as he limped off the ice favoring his left leg or knee.

"I think the hit speaks for itself, and the penalty does as well," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "I think at least to this point it's been addressed and I'm hoping that it'll be looked into even further."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said the team will know details of Carcillo's injury on Tuesday.

As for the hit?

"I'm not going to argue with the call," Quenneville said.

"It wasn't even a hit. It was a counter hit."

Gilbert left the game with a right knee injury, according to the Oilers. Edmonton scored two goals on the ensuing five minute man-advantage.

"I can hear the ref screaming from the other corner to be careful, to lay up on him, and he (Carcillo) comes in contact and throws him (Gilbert) off balance 5 feet from the boards," Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk said. "I mean, that's got to be one of the most dangerous plays in hockey for sure, and both guys end up injured out of it."

The play will undoubtedly be reviewed by the league for supplemental discipline. Carcillo has served two suspensions this season already.

In spite of the play, which proved costly in a losing effort, Carcillo's teammates stood up for the physical brand of hockey he plays.

"We don't want to take anything away from his game," Jamal Mayers said. "He plays a nasty game, he plays a hard game. Things like that are going happen. Quite frankly it's a questionable call as well. He was finishing his check."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.