By Matt Calamia
Rugged Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo is eligible to return to the lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night after serving the final game of his six-game suspension.
The Rangers trail Los Angeles, 3-0, in the best-of-seven series.
Carcillo has been out of the lineup since he was ejected from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens following a physical altercation with a linesman. His original 10-game suspension was reduced by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman last week.
Carcillo skated Tuesday morning at Madison Square Garden during an optional practice, and was one of three forwards and two defensemen. Henrik Lundqvist was the only regular who took part in the skate.
“To be able to be around the guys pregame and be allowed at the rink, be involved in the gameday routine is nice,” Carcillo told reporters after the skate. “So, from that aspect, I'm happy to be back.”
Carcillo said he has not had any discussion with Alain Vigneault or the rest of the coaching staff about his possible return Wednesday night. The 29-year-old has two goals in eight playoff games for the Rangers.
One thing Carcillo does bring to the table is the experience of having been on a team which was able to rally from a 3-0 series deficit and advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2010 Carcillo and the Flyers reeled off four straight wins after losing the first three games of that second-round series. Carcillo notched two assists in the four victories.