"You just gotta somehow keep an even keel and be positive," said Carcillo, a sort of folk hero back in Philly with his throwback mustache and high-octane play. "You always hope you can play. You play with the team all year and battle to get to this point and then you're out."
Carcillo made his return to the lineup for Monday's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. He was a healthy scratch the last three games, a move that coincided with the return of Ian Laperriere.
Rookie James Van Riemsdyk sat for the first time of the playoffs.
"When you lose, a team is always looking to shake things up," Van Riemsdyk said. "I don't know what we're going to do. Peter has done a great job of pushing the right buttons since he got here."
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Carcillo said he was told of the move on Sunday, the same day Laviolette informed goalie Michael Leighton that he'd get the start in Game 2.
"That's a bit of a shock to be back in," Carcillo said. "It's a great feeling. I do my best to make a difference."
The move to insert Carcillo is a logical one. The Flyers appeared to lack the tenacity that carried them throughout the playoffs in Saturday's 6-5 loss.
Laviolette said while Carcillo is an agitator, he doesn't put the Flyers -- who didn't take a penalty in Game 1 -- in many short-handed situations.
"Danny Carcillo has done an excellent job with his discipline when he's been in the lineup," Laviolette said. "He plays an aggressive game. He can agitate a little bit. He's physical. I think he's done an excellent job of controlling his game and keeping it legal."