Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The National Hockey League handed down a 10- game suspension to New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo on Friday.
At the 5:51 mark of the first period and following a fight with Montreal's Brandon Prust in Thursday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, Carcillo used his elbow to try and disengage from linesman Scott Driscoll and swiped the side of Driscoll's face with his forearm prior to being escorted to the penalty box.
Carcillo was given an automatic game misconduct for his actions, and the suspension is commensurate with Rule 40.3 regarding 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."
Had the feisty 29-year-old winger caused any physical harm to Driscoll, he could have been subject to Rule 40.2, which allows for a 20-game suspension to "any player who deliberately strikes an official and causes injury or who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official with intent to injure, or who in any manner attempts to injure an official."
The ban means Carcillo won't be eligible to return this postseason unless the Rangers stretch the Eastern Conference finals to seven games and then advance to a deciding Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals.