Dan Carcillo suspended six games for violent cross-check

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Congratulations Dan Carcillo on your 12th suspension or fine as a National Hockey League player. And this one is quite a doozy — six games for a cross-check of Mathieu Perreault in a Friday night game against Winnipeg.

Patrick Burke, do that narration voodoo that you do … so well:

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There are a few interesting parts in this video that were not exactly apparent to the naked eye when the play happened.

For one, the video notes that Perreault had relaxed because the whistle had blown. He therefore was unable to defend himself against Carcillo. Though stuff does happen after the whistle and players have to be on their collective guards, it’s more of the scrum type variety, not a cross-check like that.

Also, the league points that Carcillo hit Perreault in a spot with less protection in between the shoulder pad and the elbow pad.

And to be hit there with a stick shaft? Ouch.

This is from a Chicago Sun-Times follow-up on the play where Carcillo even admits he knew there was less padding in that area:

“To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about anything,” Carcillo said Saturday. “I was on the ice for over a minute, I was pretty tired. Just kind of drifted down, he drifted into me.”

The replay looked rather gruesome, but TVA in Canada reported that while Perreault will miss “some games,” his arm wasn’t broken. The NHL accounts for both injury and history when it decides on supplementary discipline.

“Just kind of a hockey play at the end of a shift,” Carcillo said. “I must have just caught him between some padding. I’ve gotten hit there, too. It hurts. … Hopefully, he’s OK. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

What happened was your 12th run-in with supplemental discipline, Mr. Carcillo. Perreault is reportedly out until after the All-Star break.

This will cost Carcillo, who waived the right to an in-person hearing with the NHL, $40,243.92.

No mater what Carcillo thought of the play, it looked gruesome. And his past history definitely played a role. That’s a lot of discipline for one guy.

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