Warning: Article contains GIFs of Philadelphia fans throwing double birds. Don’t watch it around the children.
It’s always friendly in Philadelphia.
Once beloved by the Philadelphia faithful, Dan Carcillo has seemingly worn his welcome out in the City of Brotherly Love. The former Flyers winger found himself the target of more than one middle finger after sticking in an insurance goal for the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Pete Blackburn of NextImpulseSports.com crafted a GIF of Carcillo’s post-goal celebration, which included smashing his stick against the glass and scaring the hot grease out of an official.
Carcillo continued his victory routine by stopping and staring down Flyers fans in the front row. Naturally, the good people of Philadelphia obliged their former player by corking off enough birds to film a Hitchcock movie.
@MyRegularFace created a GIF from the crowd’s perspective. From this angle, it appears Carcillo offered a few of his own words to Flyers fans.
This raises a question: Why all the hate? There’s no love to be lost between these two teams; however, the Rangers held a commanding 3-1 lead when Carcillo punched in his goal. Why rub sand in his former fans’ eyes?
Revenge, of course.
According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Flyers fans taunted Carcillo as he lay injured on the ice earlier in the game. Flyers forward Matt Read had caught him in the face with a hard shoulder, seemingly leaving the Rangers winger unconscious on the ice. Two shifts later, Carcillo scored his retribution goal and let the people of Philadelphia know about it.
After the game, Carcillo told the media he wasn’t surprised by the way Flyers fans reacted to his celebration. He said he was just caught up in the moment and thrilled by a beautiful goal.
“Nothing surprises me about this city and the way people act,” Carcillo said. “But I came out of the box, [Brian] Boyle made a great pass, and I put it through [Ray Emery’s] legs. ... I was just excited.”
Indeed, Carcillo was excited. Now he’ll have to match that enthusiasm again on Friday when the Rangers return to the hostile Wells Fargo Center for Game 4.
The Rangers lead the series, 2-1, and judging by attitudes like Carcillo’s, they’re not scared to dominate enemy ice.
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