When Derek Dorsett broke his leg Jan. 3, the Rangers quickly moved to replace his emotional, agitating style by acquiring Daniel Carcillo from the Kings.
Carcillo certainly had baggage, with a reputation as a yapper and pest and a history of suspensions and fines from Phoenix to Philadelphia. All of it was on display Sunday night, with an added element: A goal.
Carcillo came from behind the net and jammed the puck past Flyers goalie Ray Emery just 2:14 into the game for his first score since Oct. 13. "I kind of had him surprised a bit," he said. "I just took it to the net hard."
Carcillo admitted having some "extra incentive" against a former club. "When a team doesn't want you anymore, you want to play well," he said.
The fourth-liner also was involved in more familiar activities. After Scott Hartnell dumped Derick Brassard and Wayne Simmonds got in some extra shoves while Brassard was down, Carcillo barked at Simmonds from the bench. Carcillo dropped the gloves with Luke Schenn in the second period and was the centerpiece of a scrum with 11 seconds left that resulted in 52 minutes in penalties.
Said coach Alain Vigneault, "Finishing checks and wearing the other team down is what he did for us tonight."
Cam could see more time
Cam Talbot (9-3, 1.66 goals-against average) has started only once in eight games -- making 25 saves in a 7-1 rout of Toronto on Jan. 4 -- but his time is coming. "With the number of games you have to play in a short amount of time [15 in January], you need two goaltenders," Vigneault said. "At one point, we tried to get [Henrik Lundqvist] going and gave him seven straight starts at home, but both are playing well, both are confident, the team's confident with both guys, so we're definitely going to use [Talbot].""I wasn't trying to get him more versatile. I thought with his skill set he could do it, and he just feels a lot better on the left side."