By Matt Calamia
The Rangers received another blow this afternoon when forward Daniel Carcillo was suspended by the National Hockey League for 10 games after his incident with an official in the first period of Game 3 against Montreal Thursday night.
According to the NHL, Carcillo was suspended under Rule 40.3, Physical Abuse of Officials, Category II, which 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 injury, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games.”
The incident occurred at 14:09 of the first period when Carcillo was deemed to apply force to lineman Scott Driscoll, after Carcillo was called for a penalty against Montreal forward Brandon Prust. Immediately after the call, Prust and Derek Dorsett fought, and the physical contact occurred between Carcillo and Driscoll while Driscoll was escorting Carcillo to the penalty box.
The melee ensued following a blindside hit by Prust on Derek Stepan, who suffered a broken jaw. The hit was not called a penalty, which Alain Vigneault said was the start of everything.
“What saddens me about that hit is, if the call is made on the ice, we’re on a five-minute power lay, and what happened to Dan Carcillo — and what Dan did is inexcusable, and he’s going to pay a big price for it, but if the call is made on the ice, he’s not put in that position,” Vigneault said.