The natural tendency after watching Philadelphia blow a three-goal lead in an elimination game is to look for a scapegoat, and there's little doubt that the fingers of Flyers fans will be pointing en masse at
Carcillo deserves his share of brickbats, but the fact is it wasn't his fault the Flyers lost Game 6
That's not to suggest the second-period fight between him and Pittsburgh's
With his team up 3-0 and in control of the contest, Carcillo certainly could have declined Talbot's invitation to dance off the faceoff, and he probably should have. But Carcillo accepted and cleanly won the fight.
That kind of result should have drained the life out of the Penguins and fueled the momentum that Philadelphia had enjoyed to that point.
Instead, it did the exact opposite. Talbot, who had just one major fight all year, seemed to inspire his mates with his willingness to take one for the team. And on the Flyers bench, they failed to not only feed off Carcillo's energy, but to also adjust to the newfound intensity of the Penguins.
That's certainly not the fault of Carcillo, who played just two minutes after the fight.
You want to hand out the goat horns to the most deserving Flyers?
How about a pair for
Or what about
And then there's
But it did. Still, even after blowing a three-goal lead, the game was still there to be had. Instead, the Flyers came out for the third period -- at home, with a tie score and their season on the line -- and they simply couldn't match the compete level of the Penguins.
Eighteen Flyers deserve to take the heat for that. Carcillo is just one of them.