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NHL suspends Rangers' Daniel Carcillo 10 games for abusing official

Sean Leahy
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The NHL has automatically suspended New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo 10 games after being given a game misconduct Thursday night for abuse of an official.

As Derek Dorsett and Brandon Prust scrapped in the first period, Carcillo had to be restrained by linesman Scott Driscoll. Carcillo didn't appreciate that and gave Driscoll a whack on the leg with his stick and a few shoves:

"There is no excuse for what he did there, " said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault.

According to Rule 40.3 Category II: "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."

Carcillo can appeal the suspension, but if he chooses not to or loses the appeal, the earliest he could return is Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final should the Rangers advance and see all four of their series go the distance. The 29-year old Carcillo is also an unrestricted free agent, so the suspension could carry into next season if New York plays less than 10 games the rest of this postseason.

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