New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo will be able to play in the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings after the NHL reduced his suspension for hitting a league’s lineman from 10 games to six.
Since the 29-year-old winger already has served three games of his suspension, he will be eligible to return for Game 4 on June 11 at Madison Square Garden.
Carcillo was slapped with a 10-game suspension after he hit an NHL linesman in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens
Carcillo appealed the suspension and met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman Friday in New York to seek a review.
After reviewing the incident, Bettman determined that Carcillo should have been punished for a violation of Rule 40.4, for deliberately applying “physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation.”
Carcillo was originally cited as an offender of Rule 40.3, deliberately applying physical force to an official, which carries an automatic 10-game suspension.