In a post-whistle brush in Game Two on Monday night, Daniel Carcillo claims that Bruins center Marc Savard bit his finger. Savard denies the claim.
In a somewhat laughable scenario, the NHL reviewed the film and decided no disciplinary action would be taken towards Savard.
Much has been made of this incident and what sort of effect it will have in Game Three and beyond. Savard and Carcillo both want to move on, but everyone is anxious to see how this will play out going forward.
Instead of writing about who did this and who said that, I decided to spin this in another direction. What if Marc Savard was found to have actually bitten Daniel Carcillo’s finger? What would the aftermath be leading up to Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals? Let’s find out.
(All quotes below are fictional.)
Savard Out, Carcillo Questionable Following Game Two Biting Incident
Bruins center Marc Savard has been suspended for Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Flyers following a post-whistle scrum with Flyers winger Daniel Carcillo, in which Savard bit Carcillo’s finger. The victim is now questionable for the same game with a finger injury caused from the bite.
Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations, announced the suspension Tuesday afternoon. This marks the second time that Savard has been suspended for biting, the first incident coming in 2003 when he bit then Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker.
Savard had just returned to the Bruins lineup in Game One after missing the last month and a half of the regular season due to a concussion.
Speaking after the team’s practice yesterday, Savard seemed peeved by the suspension but wanted to want to put the situation behind him. “I think I just need to accept this penalty and move on. This is already a ridiculous situation and to drag it out any longer just isn’t necessary. And that’s as far as I am going to comment on it.”
“Sounds like a confession to me,” Carcillo responded when learning of the suspension and hearing Savard’s statement. “But I will agree with him in the fact that we all need to move on. We have a game to win tomorrow night, and that is what our focus needs to be on right now.”
Carcillo did not practice Tuesday and is questionable for Game Three, saying, “We will see how it feels tomorrow.” It is believed the winger suffered a cut to his finger during the incident.
When asked if there would be any further brush-ups with Savard in Game Four, Carcillo added, “I don’t know. Like I said, we are trying to win games here. We are in 2-0 hole that we need to get out of. We’ll see.”
Flyers forward Scott Hartnell wasn’t happy about Carcillo possibly missing Game Three. “He is a big part of our game right now. Not having him in the lineup takes away a physical aspect of the game that we lean heavily on. And to have him out due to something this stupid because [Savard] was acting like a six-year-old, it’s tough.”
“I think they need to focus more on the upcoming games. I just know if it were me there would be bigger things I would be worried about at this point, down 0-2,” added Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, who fought Carcillo during the Winter Classic.
Game Three is tonight in Philadelphia, with Game Four coming on Friday. The Bruins hold a 2-0 series lead.