Daniel Carcillo of the New York Rangers was suspended for 10 games by the NHL after making contact with a linesman during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The incident occurred while teammate Derek Dorsett was fighting Canadiens’ Brandon Prust. Carcillo was being held back by official Scott Driscoll. Announcers stated Driscoll was hit on the left side of his face.
Here’s the replay:
Carcillo was ejected from the game after the incident and given a game misconduct. Thankfully for the Rangers, the emotional aspect of things died down and they only lost Carcillo to an ejection, but they eventually lost the game and it’s hard to say that would have happened if Carcillo was out there.
There’s no saying the Rangers would have won for sure, but not having Carcillo on the ice was a real loss in the end for New York.
Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet tweeted:
Daniel Carcillo suspended 10 games by NHL. The maximum the #NYR can still play in these playoffs is 11.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 23, 2014
Carcillo will most likely be missing the remainder of the postseason.
The ruling is in accordance to Rule 40 which states that any player who strikes a linesman without intent to injure will be automatically suspended for no less than 10 games.