By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Ė Things are getting interesting between the Bruins and the Flyers.
The biggest incident from Monday nightís Game Two stemmed from a heated scrap between Marc Savard and Daniel Carcillo after the whistle had blown in the second period.
Carcillo threw a forearm shot to the side of Savardís head in Savard's second game back from a Grade 2 concussion, but that was only the tip of the iceberg in a scuffle that took a turn for the bizarre.
Savard got tangled between Carcillo and Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, and ended up being the only player called for slashing after the testy exchange in the second period.
And thatís where things started getting really interesting.
Carcillo went back to the bench, took off his glove and flashed his pinky at both the refs and Chris Pronger while claiming Savard bit him during the fracas in the corner of the Philly zone.
The refs made no call, but TSN reported the NHL was scouring through the game footage to find any potential video of Savard biting Carcillo.
The bet here is that nothing will come of the Flyers troublemakersí claims. But there is past history here, as Savard was suspended for one game in his pre-Bruins days with the Atlanta Thrashers after biting Darcy Tucker in 2003. Perhaps Carcillo is simply trying to use past history to get the high-powered center kicked out of the series for a period of time.
Hereís Savardís side of the story:
ď[Carcillo] embellishes stuff. Down at the bottom of the pile he tried to pull out my front teeth,Ē said Savard, who then took a verbal jab at the dentally-challenged Carcillo. ďIs that a bite? I donít know. He tried to yank 'em out. I donít know if he wanted me to look like him. But he tried to pull them out. Thatís for sure.Ē
So according to the Bruinsí center no biting took place, and Carcillo was simply looking to draw a call and perhaps engineer a little trouble in the process.
According to Carcillo -- who managed to sucker both Savard and Steve Begin into retaliation penalties during the game -- real men donít bite and the Flyers winger had tooth marks on his fingers following the altercation with the Bís center.
ďLast time I was bit was in grade school. That was pretty cowardly,Ē said Carcillo. ďYeah, thatís what Iím doing in a scrum is trying to pull somebodyís teeth out. Whatever, man. He bit me. Guys donít bite. Men donít bite.Ē
The best news of all: The Flyers and Bruins have at least two more games for things to get wackier and nastier as Carcillo becomes more of a moustache-twirling villain with each passing playoff excursion.