Daniel Carcillo doesn’t want to be known as simply the Blackhawks’ enforcer.
He believes he has other skills and he wants to show them off to everyone, like he did Wednesday night when he drove to the net and backhanded a Viktor Stalberg rebound past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov with 50 seconds left to give the Hawks a 3-2 win.
It has been a long way back into the spotlight for Carcillo, who missed half of last season with a torn ACL in his left knee only to return this year and sprain his MCL in his right knee in the opener at Los Angeles.
“I want to be more than just the enforcer,” Carcillo said. “Just to be able to step in with some key guys that went down (Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa), and help the team anyway I can in this particular situation, scoring the game winner, that’s what we play for.
“We knew we were down to three lines and some guys had to step in and play roles they’re not usually in. I think we did a great job keeping our heads.”
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was happy to see Carcillo find some success.
“Car Bomb has been working his tail off,” Quenneville said. “The grind of trying to rehabilitate yourself is a pain and is not fun. It was nice to see him score there.”
The Avs don’t have to wait long to get another crack at ending the Hawks’ various streaks with a rematch Friday night at the Pepsi Center.
Colorado coach Joe Sacco thought his team deserved a better fate than it got at the United Center on Wednesday.
“We just had a breakdown at the end of the game and it wound up in the back of our net,” Sacco said. “They’re a good team. We controlled their tempo for the most part. Their speed, they have a quick transition game and you want to manage the puck well against them because if you don’t they’ll make you pay.
“I thought for the most part we did that. We tried to get it deep, we chipped it, we had zone time, but when you don’t, they’re quick. Their defense gets it up to the forwards quickly.”
The Avs have alwas been a tough matchup because of their speed and quickness.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for their team,” Joel Quenneville said. “Off the rush and on the attack they’re as good as any team in the league. With their quickness and ability to take you on 1-on-1, they’re a threat to beat you with their speed or with their moves.”
Ray Emery broke Glenn Hall’s team record by winning his 10th straight game Wednesday. Hall had nine wins from January-March of 1967.
Corey Crawford owns the team record for undefeated streak at 13, breaking Denis DeJordy’s old mark of 12, also set in January-February, 1967.
“Every night, whether it’s Ray or Crow, you can look at it as 1A and 1B, you can talk about how good they’ve been,” Joel Quenneville said. “Guys have confidence in front of them.”Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.