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Philadelphia Flyers: Dan Carcillo's 10 Most Memorable Moments

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIDecember 26, 2016

Philadelphia Flyers: Dan Carcillo's 10 Most Memorable Moments

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    During the 2008-2009 NHL season, the Philadelphia Flyers traded Scottie Upshall to the Phoenix Coyotes for then-NHL penalty minutes leader, Dan Carcillo.

    "Carbomb" became an instant fan favorite on Broad Street for his aggressive, explosive playing style.

    A restricted free agent this summer, Dan Carcillo was not given a qualifying offer by general manager Paul Holmgren.

    Yesterday when the free agent market opened, the Chicago Blackhawks were the team which landed the feisty free agent.

    Though Carcillo's enthusiasm had settled down this past season due in part to passive coach Peter Laviolette, the spark plug does not leave Philadelphia without a handful of memorable events.

Dishonorable Mention: Carcillo Is Scared of Colton Orr

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    Though national television networks and misinformed sources had Dan Carcillo labeled as one of the NHL's toughest fighters, in reality he's an average middleweight who will lose to experienced heavyweights more times than he wins.

    Here is an embarrassing display of Carcillo lacking manliness during an exchange with Colton Orr.

No. 10: Beatdown of Craig Rivet

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    One fight wasn't enough for these two.

    After Carcillo could barely contain himself prior to the faceoff, they dropped their gloves for the second time in the game, with unfortunate results for Craig Rivet.

No. 9: Carcillo Dekes the Leafs

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    Perhaps the reason Carcillo declined the fight invitation with Orr is that he knew he was too valuable of a scorer.

    All joking aside, this dangle was completely unexpected from Carcillo.

No. 8: Carcillo Takes out Jeff Carter in the Stanley Cup Finals

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    Both Jeff Carter and Carcillo went for a hit on Chicago's Tomas Kopecky.

    Both missed, but at least Carcillo took someone out.

No. 7: Carcillo Buries Sabres

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    With the Flyers up by three goals with under ten minutes left in Game 7 of this season's first round, the series was all but decided.

    Carcillo took a shot, found his rebound and sent it home, ending all hopes of a Buffalo comeback.

No. 6: Classic Bout Against Zenon Konopka

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    One of the best fights of this past hockey season, Carcillo was knocked down early in this fight, but stormed back and hammered away at Konopka.

No. 5: Carcillo Beats Down Talbot, Penguins Come Back

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    With the Flyers facing elimination but up 3-0, Carcillo obliged Pittsburgh's Max Talbot for a fight.

    Carcillo decisively won the fight, bringing the Wachovia Center to a standing ovation.

    However, the inspiration gathered from Talbot's efforts helped the Penguins come back and eliminate Philadelphia.

No. 4: Carcillo Beats Down Gaborik, Upsets John Tortorella

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    Marian Gaborik found his way into a one-on-one shoving match by the Flyers' crease. Carcillo was quick to take Gaborik out of the area and let the other two men do their business.

    Surprisingly, Gaborik dropped his gloves.

    It was a bad idea.

    After the game, Rangers' coach John Tortorella criticized Carcillo with a sarcastic "He's a brave guy" comment.

    The ensuing dispute with reporter Larry Brooks was also entertaining.

No. 3: Bradley Gets Knocked out for Being Unprepared

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    Both Matt Bradley and Dan Carcillo are experienced fighters in the NHL.

    So, when the two came together along the boards and commenced in a shoving match, it was seemingly imminent that a fight would break out.

    Unfortunately, Bradley didn't recognize the fight invitation, despite being shoved by the player who had led the league in penalty minutes for the previous two seasons.

    Carcillo assumed Bradley was ready, quickly dropped his gloves and dropped Bradley just as fast.

    For this event alone, Carcillo received two minor penalties, one major penalty, a misconduct penalty, was kicked out of the game, and suspended for the next four games.

    Bradley didn't even receive a roughing minor.

No. 2: Dropping Shawn Thornton in the Winter Classic's First Fight

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    The "Dave Schultz mustache" was far from any actual resemblance, but Carcillo represented Philadelphia properly by decisively beating the Boston Bruins' best fighter.

No. 1: Overtime Winner vs. New Jersey Devils

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    At this point, the Flyers' storied 2010 playoff run was just getting started.

    When Game 3 of the first round went to overtime, the next goal meant a 2-1 lead in the series.

    Carcillo put the puck past Martin Brodeur and sent the arena into a frenzy as an unlikely overtime hero.

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