CHICAGO -- Already, Daniel Carcillo has made his presence felt.
He didn’t register a hit after the first period and he didn’t drop the gloves, but the Chicago Blackhawks forward was all over the place early and even walked away from a potential problem with the Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Stuart.
“I usually wouldn’t walk away from that, but after 1:20 on the ice I’m not going to engage in a fight,” Carcillo said with a smile.
OK, a long shift is a good excuse. But maybe waiting to play for the first time since last season also had something to do with his desire to stay on the ice. He was suspended for the first two games of the year.
“It sucked,” Carcillo said of sitting out.
His game didn’t. He got rave reviews from his two all-world linemates.
“I know the fans like that kind of [rough] stuff,” Patrick Kane said. “He had a rough year last year so he has something to prove. When he’s not taking penalties and drawing them it’s going to be some good stuff for us.”
“I think Danny played an excellent game,” Hossa said. “He created room for us with his physical play. Every game we’re getting more comfortable.”
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville liked how goalie Ray Emery responded to being down 2-0.
“Early on, two deflections, we weren’t in [shooting] lanes, we got off to a slow start, but [Emery] was rock solid in the third and it was a great test to see how he responded to some dangerous opportunities,” he said.
The Hawks are 61-8-10 when Kane has a multi-point night.
The Hawks won 59 percent of their faceoffs. Dave Bolland won 12 of 20.