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Carcillo suspended 10 games for physically abusing official

May 23, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

Dan Carcillo‘s postseason is essentially over.

The New York Rangers’ agitator extraordinaire has been suspended 10 games — an automatic suspension length — following an altercation with linesman Scott Driscoll during Thursday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final versus Montreal, the NHL announced.

Per the league release:

Carcillo has been automatically suspended for 10 games as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under Rule 40.3 Physical Abuse of Officials — Category II during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on Thursday, May 22, the National Hockey League announced today.

At 14:09 of the first period, Carcillo physically applied force to Linesman Scott Driscoll while being escorted to the penalty box. Rule 40.3 Physical Abuse of Officials — Category II 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.”

Here’s video of the incident:

The suspension will all but finish Carcillo for the playoffs. The Rangers have a maximum of 11 games remaining — should they advance to Game 7 of both the Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup Final — and it’s tough to imagine “Carbomb” drawing back in after Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault admonished him for his actions against Driscoll.

Carcillo has a long history with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety and disciplinary committees. He’s been suspended numerous times, including a seven-gamer in 2012 for boarding then-Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert.

Update: Well, maybe Carcillo’s postseason won’t be over after all…

  1. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Right call.

    This one was a no brainer for the NHL.

    • President Charles Logan - May 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      and it’s obvious you’re a soccer mom tennis and golf watching fan

      • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Rules are clear man. I’m a Rangers fan and I saw it coming. I would’ve protested the 20 games if they sent him for longer on account of him being undeservingly manhandled…but you don’t do that with a ref. Disagree with the call or not.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        It’s obvious that the basic comprehension of the NHL rulebook is very very difficult for you …

      • canadiensfanno1 - May 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Bye bye Carcillo, Bye Bye Stephan , Bye Bye Brassard, Bye Bye Rangers

      • canadiensfanno1 - May 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Thumb up this comment il your a Rangers fan!

      • 950003cups - May 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Yeah, President Charles Logan’s words mean so much coming from a guy who roots for Matt Cooke.

      • bruinsmadness - May 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Bye bye price, bye bye prust, Rangers in 4

      • imleftcoast - May 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Butt sore Bruins fan. Watching the Habs in the series you realize how weak Boston is

    • hennessey1200hp - May 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Look how Prust shoves the head of the official in the beginning of the video…that was physical. Again if that was Cindy doing that to the official he gets nothing. Its the playoffs lets start calling it as such.

  2. Stiller43 - May 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    How do you appeal and automatic suspension?

    • sabatimus - May 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      I don’t know. Try to convince the refs that Carcillo didn’t violate Rule 40? Doesn’t sound like it would work.

      • dueman - May 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        He won’t have to convince the refs if he appeals…it will be Bettman’s call.

      • sabatimus - May 23, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Bettman can reverse an automatic suspension, thereby breaking the rules?

    • justinhbhb - May 23, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      I doubt this can be appealed. I think that would be part of the “automatic suspension” idea.

    • JoeAvg - May 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Yeah I was wondering the same thing myself.

  3. bucrightoff - May 23, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I’d love to know what he was thinking. It appears he tries to get the official at least 3 times in the sequence. I know he’s crazy but still…

  4. Gigagigagilgamesh - May 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    The officiating has been awful throughout all the rounds..
    These current refs are making Kerry Fraser look like a good option~

    No consistency whatsoever!!!
    Carcillo for charging?
    Ok he gets a penalty, but he was just standing there watching and the linesman grabbed him during a fight (which he should be concentrating on)…

  5. heynyc61 - May 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    My guess. prust gets fined. Cuz our beloved NHL is so inconsistent

    • miketoasty - May 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Why would he be suspended for an interference that wasn’t called?

      • avscup - May 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        um…because every hit is reviewable by the league office of player safety. Do you think a very late, hit to an unsuspecting player that’s not looking because he made a pass a while ago is not reviewable?

        Gonna get something. Probably a couple games.

  6. 7mantel - May 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    New York Rangers’ agitator extraordinaire, ? Mike did follow his play this year? No where the same as years ago ,i myself was surprised at his play this year .

  7. sabatimus - May 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Good. You do NOT push officials around like this. If they don’t suspend him for this long it sets a dangerous precedent.

    • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Funny how strict the rules are for TOUCHING an official, but to dole out hits that lead to, I don’t know, a broken jaw, or a concussion, well, those are subjective.

      • sabatimus - May 23, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        To be fair, Carcillo did more than merely touch an official. He forearmed him.

      • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        I know, but do you see my point?

  8. truwarier90 - May 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    good its about time that gap-toothed good got suspended, now they need to suspend that no-neck, hunchback, meth-face, looking troll lucic for being a douche.

    • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      Goh bakc tu skoul, “tru” “warier”

  9. truwarier90 - May 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM


  10. guitarisgood4u - May 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I know it’s old news but I’d have to question why Landeskog wasn’t at least called for blatantly shoving the linesman in round one… but that’s the NHL’s inconsistency and they lost the series anyway.

  11. chip56 - May 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    It’s not the worst thing in the world. Yes, Carcillo brings energy but if he’s going to be scrutinized every time he gets on the ice and play without being able to control himself then he’s a liability.

    Hopefully Brassard will play on Sunday and the Rangers go with:
    Nash – Moore – Krieder
    Hagelin – Richards – St. Louis
    Zook – Brassard – Pouliot
    Dorsett – Boyle and then either JT Miller or Jesper Fast

  12. ronniethec - May 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    It’s not that big of a deal. The Rangers are calling up Walt Cummings from the minors.

  13. jason9696 - May 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    10 games is pretty extreme. But I guess that’s what’s in the rule book. I’m sure Ranger fans won’t be losing any sleep over this.

  14. oneil1234 - May 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    There have been many times refs deserve more that a stuff jab but this isn’t one of them so bad on Carrillo. Some of the French refs need a good jab to the face

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Viva La France. Frack you!

  15. 950003cups - May 23, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    That sucks. But it’s an iron clad rule. No gray areas at all. Officials are off limits.

  16. bskid25 - May 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    @canadiensfan, if that hit happened to a Montreal player, the whole damn city would’ve called 911 and opened a criminal investigation…step took the hit and still finished the game, a real hockey player. Not a diving pansy like 95% of your team. Rangers in 6.

    • bigblueapple - May 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Well then, if all Habs fans are 911 calling pansies then all Bruins fans are racist turds. Also feel free to ask Flyers fans how proficient the Rangers are at diving.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Or how proficient they are at driving. Boston could actually be worse than New Yawk as far as arrogant a$$holes on the roads. It’s close.

    • canadiensfanno1 - May 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Ohnnnn stop your cry baby Broadway show , anyway half Montréal team are american and half Rangers team are canadians

  17. gino97 - May 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Ref grabbed him first.Leave him alone and this is a non-call.

    • avscup - May 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Well it’s the Linesman’s (he isn’t a ref) job to get players called for penalties to the box. I’m sure Carcillo was standing around waiting to see if anyone wanted to dance and the linesman made the proper decision to get him to the box before anything else developed. I wish it had developed but the linesman isn’t to blame.

  18. jpat2424 - May 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I think all refs should get hit in the face.

  19. hosewater2 - May 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    This may be the Ben Eager Moment™ the Canadiens needed to get back in this series.

  20. bskid25 - May 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    It’s not a us/canada thing, it’s a hab fans are whiners thing.

    • bigblueapple - May 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Or a Bruins fan with way too much time on his hands thing.

      • bruinsmadness - May 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Habs suck

  21. titansbro - May 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    This is total BS. Not even the NBA would do this.

  22. titansbro - May 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Actually didn’t see the punch on first viewing. Dummy actually kinda punched the ref. Still kinda think the ref shouldn’t be pushing on him ya can’t punch the red jacka$$. 10 playoff games is about right.

  23. nicofthenorthstar - May 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    The officiating this post-season has been very inconsistent and shockingly horrible at times. The ref that went after carcillo was way out of line. You push a guy’s buttons for no reason at a moment like that and you’ll get a reaction. And Carcillo is the one who gets in trouble for it. Dumb.

    • hosewater2 - May 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      You are being ridiculous. Children learn to not get into altercations with officials at a very early age in all sports. Do you hear yourself? Seriously?

      • Gigagigagilgamesh - May 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        I’m not even a fan of either of these teams (nor am I a disgruntled fan of any EC teams)..
        But the linesman went after Carcillo with extreme bias.. he should have been concentrating on the fight first, then getting Carcillo to the box for his charging penalty..

        The linesman should be scrutinized for his behavior, just like that baseball ump that got suspended for putting his hand on that players face…

  24. muckleflugga - May 23, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    carcillo got what he deserved … the rules are clear, abuse of officials cannot be tolerated

    the nhl is obligated to set an example as the problem persists in minor hockey, growing in some areas … parents are as big a problem as are players … minor hockey is subject to criminal law whereas the nhl is shielded, for play within the rink

    it’s not hard to understand fan fury, watch any game anywhere and officiating can be seen to be incompetent … rarely do you see fans lauding good effort otherwise

    [ have another doughnut fatboy ]

    referees last an average of two years in minor hockey … i refereed basketball and hockey in my youth … the money was good the treatment bad

    the hardest part was resisting temptation to drop a good one on some of the ugly faces shrieking in my face … the more they screamed the less likely their teams would get a call where a coin flip would have been fair

    the question for carcillo is, does ten games carry into next season if rangers go out before ten games are consumed in the playoffs

  25. puckthehabs - May 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    I don’t think he should be suspended. It looked like he got rough with the ref accidentally on purpose.

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