New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL has suspended New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo 10 games for making physical contact with an official in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday.
Carcillo was thrown out for elbowing linesman Steve Driscoll, who was trying to separate the forward from post-whistle action involving Brandon Prust.
The ban is automatic under Rule 40.3 pertaining to Physical Abuse of Officials. The rule states: “Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding actions as set out in Category I), which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games.”
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault revealed Friday that Prust’s hit resulted in Rangers center Derek Stepan suffering a broken jaw.
Stepan is expected to undergo surgery Friday night, leaving his status for Game 4 on Sunday and the remainder of the series against the Canadiens in doubt.
Minutes after Stepan left the game, Carcillo was whistled for a minor charging penalty on Prust. With Prust and Derek Dorsett dropping the gloves nearby, Driscoll skated over to Carcillo and grabbed his stick in what appeared to be an attempt to prevent him from joining the fray.
Carcillo resisted and struck Driscoll with his right elbow, prompting his immediate ejection from the game.
Carcillo has registered two goals in eight playoff games for the Rangers, who hold a 2-1 series lead over the Canadiens.