By Matt Calamia
Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo will be eligible to return to the lineup sooner than originally expected, as National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday revised Carcillo’s original 10-game suspension to six games.
Carcillo has already served three games, making him eligible to return to the lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Carcillo was originally assessed the suspension under rule 40.3 for “deliberately applying physical force to an official,” which is a minimum of 10 games.
Betteman, though, ruled that Carcillo’s actions were more appropriately deemed 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.” He ruled that six games was “the proper penalty.”
The altercation happened during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens on May 23.