It has been confirmed that Chicago forward Andrew Ladd will miss game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to an upper body injury suffered at the end of the Wester Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.
“Laddy is not playing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the media. “We do expect him to play (in the series). He’s progressing well but Kopy (Tomas Kopecky) is in tonight.”
With Montreal forward Tom Pyatt out with what is deemed as an upper body injury suffered in the third period of game 4, the Canadiens are expected to activate Mathieu Darche for the Eastern Conference Finals game 5 in Philadelphia. Other than that, the Habs are putting out the same lineup.
For Philly, forwards Dan Carcillo and Andreas Nodl will be scratched against as Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter will play in their second consecutive game since returning from injury.
Overcoming the loss of Simon Gagne’s defensive swagger, Jeff Carter’s team-leading scoring streaks and Ian Laperriere’s effort, won’t be easy when the Flyers take on the sixth-seed Boston Bruins in a second-round match up set to begin on Saturday in Bean Town.
But with some line changes and the insertion of certain black aces, the Flyers can only hope to manage the drop off as best they can.
In the first period of a 1-1 deadlock between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers’ forward Dan Carcillo took exception to a high stick from gritty Capitals’ forward Matt Bradley. Carcillo cross checked Bradley, then both squared off to fight. But before Bradley’s gloves hit the ice, Carcillo got the jump and knocked out Bradley with a hard right cross that sent the Flyers’ home crowd into a frenzy for the first time in over two weeks.
Carcillo received 2-minutes for instigator, 2-minutes for cross checking, 5-minutes for fighting, 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct. The penalties gave Washington a never-before-seen 9-minute power play, in which the Caps scored three times. Matt Bradley did not return to the game.
Any game misconduct is reviewed by the league office and deserving or not, Carcillo will likely be suspended. However, the referees, once again, rule by result, not intent. Bradley squared off and was in the process of dropping his gloves, simply getting beat to the draw. If Bradley eats the first punch and fights back, this becomes just another hockey fight. Say what you want about Carcillo and his lack of composure, but he has a history of being an honorable fighter.
Many skeptics of Dan Carcillo believe that if the aggressive forward chooses to fight over try to be a productive player, than he is no better than a middleweight enforcer on a scoring line.
But if he continues throwing fists like he did against 6-foot-3 Mark Fraser and still remain productive like he was in the Flyers 2-1 win over the Devils Thursday night, he might prove a lot of people wrong.
Ryan Bright (Philabright@gmail.com) is a sports writer, born and raised in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of West Chester University, he has been with the Daily Local News in Chester County since early 2007, working as the paper's college and high school ice hockey beat writer. In 2010, began as a contributer for CSNPhilly.com, covering the Flyers and the Philadelphia Union.