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Carcillo knows he must stay out of box

by Mike G. Morreale
PHILADELPHIA  -- Even Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo is beginning to learn talk is cheap in the Stanley Cup Final.

"I know there are guys who know each other and stuff, but once you're out there, it's all business and nobody likes each other when you're on the ice," Carcillo said. "There was a lot of yapping (in Game 2) and I kind of got caught up in it in the first period because there was so much energy. But (yapping) is pretty much all anyone is going to do and it kind of gets tiring listening to it after a while. So you just have to block it out."

Carcillo was sent to the penalty box in the first period after a little too much yapping during Philadelphia's 2-1 loss in Game 2. And while the Blackhawks failed to capitalize on the ensuing power play, Carcillo knows he cannot afford to put his team in a hole in critical stages of any contest, especially Wednesday's pivotal Game 3 at Wachovia Center (8 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, RDS).

"You have to be mentally focused and mentally ready and use the crowd the right way," Carcillo said. "You have to stay away from the stuff after the whistle and use the energy (in the building) in the smart way. In the New Jersey series, we kind of got caught up in it a little and got some penalties, but we've been pretty good since."

The Flyers presented the Devils with 32 power-play opportunities in their five-game elimination of their Atlantic Division rival. The Devils would score just 4 goals with the man advantage. Since then, the Flyers have yielded 48 combined power plays to Boston, Montreal and now Chicago.

The Flyers are second in the League with a sparkling 87.5 penalty-killing efficiency, allowing 10 goals in 80 times short. The Blackhawks are 0-for-3 in their series against the Flyers.

"It's a playoff game, so it's going to be a little chippy and there's going to be physicality in this building," Carcillo said. "These fans are unbelievable and we'll have a lot of energy that we'll try and harness. We've been awesome at home and a big part of the reason is because of these fans. It's really hard to play bad in front of them and when you do, they'll let you know. We're going to come out with a lot of energy and try and harness it the right way."

Carcillo skated on a line with center Claude Giroux and Arron Asham during Wednesday's practice and will likely begin the game there. Coach Peter Laviolette had Mike Richards centering the top line with Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter.

Carcillo knows getting pressure on Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi will be critical.

"We got to get to the net," he said. "Once we cross the blue, we have to put it to the net, get guys in front. He's playing well and seeing the puck. We just have to get shots from everywhere and got to get bodies in front of net, crashing and pushing back in his crease."

Niemi was splendid on Monday, making 32 saves, including 14 in the third period.

"We didn't do a very good job picking our spots (on Niemi) last game," Laviolette said. "I really feel like we have to do a better job picking our spots. Traffic -- I'm a big believer in traffic. I thought we could have done a better job of getting to that area. It always makes life a little more difficult for a goaltender. We're going to look to get to those areas when we can (on Wednesday). We'll fine tune our shots a little bit."

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