Is Daniel Carcillo Worth the Headache He’s Giving the Blackhawks?

After Sunday night’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers, some of Chicago fans’ attention was focused solely on the largely lackluster effort by the Blackhawks, especially on the power play. They were unable to capitalize on several key opportunities, including a lengthy four minute power play when Jonathan Toews was caught in the face with a high stick, and that contributed greatly to their downfall.

What some other fans, and most of the national media who commented on the game, was focused on was the illegal hit that Hawks forward Daniel Carcillo laid on Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert. Carcillo, who missed the season’s first two games while serving a suspension and also was suspended this year for an illegal hit, has been suspended indefinitely by the league. That suspension may not even begin at any point soon, because Carcillo may be out for the long term regardless because of a knee injury that he suffered on the play.

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Thursday’s Three Stars: Saad Shines But Staal and Penguins Get Last Laugh

The Chicago Blackhawks skated into Pittsburgh on Thursday night looking to end a streak of seven consecutive road preseason losses, but unfortunately for them, Jordan Staal and the Penguins had other ideas. Staal scored twice, and Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy also added goals as the Pens pulled away late and beat the Hawks 4-1. Michael Frolik picked up the lone tally for the Blackhawks in the second period, and Ray Emery gave up four goals on 19 shots in a losing effort.

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Todd Bertuzzi Gets an Undeserved Pass from the NHL

One of the biggest villains in NHL history just got a free pass from the NHL. Todd Bertuzzi destroyed Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Johnson just five minutes into the Red Wings-Blackhawks game Monday night with a vicious elbow to the head.

Johnson required some minor stitching on his ear before returning to play later in the first period and Bertuzzi was given a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit, but that appears to be where Bertuzzi’s penalties will stop.

And for someone with Bertuzzi’s past, it’s a damn shame.

By Peter Christian

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