Philadelphia Flyers Daniel Carcillo expected to be involved in some unpleasant incidents during his teams second round match up against the Boston Bruins.
An act of cannibalism was not one of them.
Carcillo accused Bruins center Marc Savard of biting his finger during a scrum to the left of the Flyers net at 5:55 of the second period. The forward didn’t expose the indented digit in the visitors dressing room, but he had some harsh things to say about Savard.
"The last time I was bit was in grade school,” said Carcillo when asked if there were bite marks on his hand. “It’s not a good feeling and it’s pretty cowardly.”
Savard didn’t deny that his teeth came in contact with Carcillo’s hand, but he insisted that the Flyers left winger was practicing an unlicensed form of dentistry.
“He pummeled on my face,” said Savard. “He pulled on my teeth, so I guess that’s biting when a guy tries to pull your front teeth out like his. I don’t see how that (is biting).”
In the seconds leading up to the alleged gorge, Savard was whacking away at Flyers goalie Brian Boucher. Carcillo reacted in a rage as he and defenseman Kimmo Timonen drove Savard into the boards behind the goal.
Left winger Scott Hartnell joined the fun and landed a dropping shot on the side of Savard’s helmet. After the combatants were separated, Savard was sent to the penalty box for slashing Boucher.
Carcillo wasn’t buying Savard’s version. An accomplished NHL brawler, Carcillo insisted he has never tried to extract another man’s teeth with an open hand during a hockey game.
“Oh yeah, that’s what I do when I get in a scrum, I try and pull people’s teeth out,” said Carcillo in a tone of biting sarcasm. “He bit me, and the ref didn’t see.
The incident is not without precedent in postseason games played in Boston. During a heated 1983 NBA playoff game between the Celtics [team stats] and the Hawks, C’s guard and current general manager Danny Ainge emerged from a pile claiming he’d been bitten by Atlanta’s 7-foot-1 center Tree Rollins.
Carcillo harbors no warm feelings for the Bruins. He got the better of a nasty fight with B’s tough guy Shawn Thornton during the Winter Classic at Fenway Park .
When asked about the Flyers series deficit, Carcillo towed the team line and said
“We just have to stay with it. Obviously our crowd is going to get behind us. We have a lot of energy in that building.”