"I had to identify a problem," Shelley said. "I had a lot of things going through my head. It was a 3-0 game in their building. You don't want to take (an instigator) penalty. You know he's going to try to suck you in. I just tried to deal with it within the rules. I didn't like the way it went down."
Wasn't sure where the best place to bring this up so I started this new fanpost. I wanted to point this out in the Carcillo should be playing over Shelly argument. Despite both of Shelly's rather amazing goals this season we all agree Carcillo is more skilled hockey player and does a fine job at drawing penalties. So can be frustrating to some why the hell is Shelly starting and earning a higher salary than Carcillo. For me this above quote provides a solid answer to this question. Shelly is a smarter hockey player and can be trusted in his limited 5 minutes of ice time not to do something that could put the team in a bad spot and cost the team points.
Shelly is a professional fighting is his business it is not personal. To continue the Godfather reference Shelly is Michael he is old school he will wait patiently to get his revenge. Sunday April 3rd Well's Fargo Center Game 79 looks like a good time for a baptism. However Carcillo is the hot head Sonny who could have easily gotten goaded into a fight with Avery. Getting his team killed at the toll booth on an extended power-play for the Rangers. Let us not forget the Matt Bradley incident. Despite my belief that a 9 minute PP against was a horrible call at least 4 minutes were deserved. And as much as I would love to see Avery beaten with a trash can and left bleeding in a gutter like Carlo the more important thing is for the Flyers to continue winning.
To remind everyone that Capitals game with the Bradley incident was Peter Laviolette's 1st game as Flyers head coach and that 9 minute power play is probably something Carcillo will never be able to make Lavy forget.
Here is the coaches comments after that incident 12/5/2009.
I've never seen a nine-minute power play," he said. "My thought is the whole thing never should've happened. We got hit; we should've skated away and kept playing. There ended up being a confrontation. I didn't see it after the two-minute original penalty which shouldn't have happened because if we're going to go to the (penalty) box in an undisciplined manner we're not going to win hockey games.
Hopefully Carcillo can learn from both Shelly and The Godfather that you can't let your emotions get the best you. Be patient wait for the perfect time to execute your vendetta. And most importantly if given the choice you should always leave the gun and take the cannoli.