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NHL suspends Dan Carcillo two games

Mar 30, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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According to the official
Twitter feed of the Philadelphia Flyers,
the NHL has suspended Dan
Carcillo two games for his high stick on David Clarkson. Or, as they put
it:

Carcillo gets two game suspension for his
unintentional high stick on Sunday against New Jersey.

“Unintentional”.
I don’t think he exactly wanted to slam his stick into Clarkson’s face,
but when you go to cross check a player a couple of times up high,
you’re going to be held responsible for what happens with your stick. Of
course, Paul Holmgren doesn’t exactly agree:

“I am disappointed in this decision by the league.
This was clearly an accidental high stick and I do not believe a match
penalty.”

Carcillo immediately
apologizing and and looking incredibly guilty while he and Clarkson
‘hugged’ after the check was likely a big factor in the suspension.
That, and his prior suspensions as well. But like I said above, the NHL
is going to hold players responsible for what they do with their sticks.

Especially
you poke another player in the eye with it.

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