In other news, something I should have included within the last post was the information about Carcillo's suspension. It is the reason for his departure from the roster last night, and the reason we will not see him on Monday night either. Well, that and Stalberg deserves another look, but I digress.
The question is whether or not Carcillo should have been suspended in the first place. His punishment is for 2 games, and the result of his awkward hit against Joni Pitkanen of the Carolina Hurricanes. The hit can be seen at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZL7OwVtGUw
I am having a hard time with this one. When I saw the "hit" originally at game-time speed my reaction was, "Oh crap, he's getting suspended." Then they showed the reply from behind the 2 skaters in slow-motion and what I saw was 2 players fighting for position on a dumped puck, Pitkanen's skates fly out from under him and the 2 go flying into the boards awkwardly.
The replay from the corner perspective shows an almost completely different action. This angle makes it look as if Carcillo gives him a push, which would warrant some need for justice, even if the push is as slight as this angle even portrays. I think this was a hard call, and feel that Carcillo's name might have more to do with the punishment in the end.
Here is what Q had to say, "I watched the play," Quenneville said Saturday afternoon. "You can look at the play. He's off-balance before there is contact in my eyes. That's how I saw it. Whether he touched him or not, he was going down."
Carcillo himself feels wrongfully accused, even mentioning a thought to change his name to avoid future punishments. Again, I tend to sway in the direction of what Q said, but see a different story from 2 distinct angles of the view.
Either way, Im not arguing because it allowed us a look at Stalberg on the top line which turned out to be the perfect answer for last night's game against the Jackets. It will also give us another look at Stals in Monday night's game against the Preds, a team which the Hawks often have issues producing goals against. I also decided that we need to start calling Stalberg "Louis Mendoza," as in Benny the Jet Rodriguez's character in the Mighty Ducks.