Weise makes presence felt in NHL debut
PHILADELPHIA - Dale Weise would have liked to have his first NHL goal to go with his first NHL fight in his first NHL game, but he settled for two out of three.
Weise, who fought Flyers pest Daniel Carcillo late in the third period Saturday, had a goal waved off when it was ruled he directed a puck into the net with a "distinct kicking motion," the NHL standard for disallowing goals that are scored off skates. That would have cut a 2-0 deficit with 14:25 to play.
"I don't want my first one to be like that anyway," Weise said. "Maybe a nice, pretty one. What can you say?"
Weise, who was returned to AHL Connecticut after the Rangers' 4-1 loss, gave John Tortorella exactly what the coach was looking for from the 22-year-old: grit and good forechecking, which led to a good chance in the second that squeezed through Brian Boucher's pads and skittered wide, plus the waved-off goal. All that in 6:43 of ice time.
"My first shift was about five seconds long," he said, "so that wasn't enough to get the butterflies out. But it was a little bit of everything out there . . . And it's good for my buddies back home: I can tell them I fought Daniel Carcillo."
Brandon Prust's fighting has been curtailed of late by a sore shoulder, but he was willing to drop the gloves with the Flyers' Danny Briere in the third. Prust mashed Briere with a legal check along the side wall early in the third and Briere was slow to make it back to the bench. Briere was eager to give something back later on - after the Flyers went up 3-1, in fact.
"He just whacked me in the stomach after they scored. He was rubbing it in for sure," Prust said. "[Later on], I was just letting him know I didn't like it."
The teams meet again Jan. 16 at the Garden.