â†µDuring that clip, NBC's Ed Olcyzk made it pretty clear that he thought Carcillo made a critical mistake in accepting Talbot's challenge, saying that there was no reason to give the Penguins, down 3-0 at the time, any reason to be roused from their slumber. And after the game, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury told NBC's Darren Pang that Talbot's run at Carcillo got his team's energy flowing and led directly to them scoring five straight unanswered goals on their way to a 5-3 series clinching win. â†µ
â†µBut do fights like this really make a difference? Writing in today's Toronto Star, Chris Zelkovich took exception to that conceit, pointing out that Calgary's Adam Pardy undertook a similar "suicide mission" against Chicago's Ben Eager just a few hours later with his team down to Chicago 5-1, yet it didn't make a bit of difference. â†µZelkovich may well be right, but the perception remains -- as demonstrated by Olcyzk's reaction on NBC -- that there are some fights that are better left alone. One thing is for sure: Talbot earned himself some more fans for life in Pittsburgh for standing up to Carcillo, just another reason why players like him continue to endear themselves to the game's hardcore fans.â†µ
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