After dropping Game 2 at home, it was obvious that the Philadelphia Flyers out muscled, out hustled, out hit, and just wanted the game more than the New York Rangers that Easter Sunday afternoon. Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault knew that he needed to change up the starting lineup for next game in order to respond back and win Game 3 in Philadelphia, and regain a 2-1 series lead in this 1st round best of seven. This lineup change consisted of scratching rookie Jesper Fast and putting in enforcer, and ex-Flyer, Daniel Carcillo.
Fast may be more skilled than Carcillo, but the Rangers were not necessarily lacking skill in Game 2 that lead to their 4-2 loss. What was missing was energy and some push back, which is what Carcillo is all about. And guess what? It actually worked.
In Game 3, Carcillo did his job and got under the Flyers’ skin, and to top off the night, when the Rangers were up 3-1 late in the 3rd period, Carcillo put the nail in the coffin by scoring against his former team in what would end up being a 4-1 Rangers Game 3 win. Not only did he prove to get under the Flyers’ skin, but also the fans’.
Right after Carcillo scored to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead in Game 3, he immediately pressed his body against the boards, where Flyers fans would greet him with obscene gestures.
After that game, there is just no way Vigneault can possibly sit Carcillo for Game 4. Not only that, but if Carcillo continues to be as effective as he was in Game 3, then he should not only be in the starting lineup for the Rangers in Game 4, but needs to be for the rest of this 1st round series as well.
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