Philadelphia Flyers winger Daniel Carcillo's(notes) sucker-punch of Matt Bradley(notes) of the Washington Capitals has now cost him 29 penalty minutes in last night's 8-2 embarrassment on home ice and an additional four games from the NHL, which suspended him today.
Welcome to Philadelphia, Peter Laviolette.
We're sure members of the Flyers Persecution Complex will call the penalty excessive, as Carcillo was "the first player in NHL history to draw 29 minutes in penalties without drawing a single minute from his opponent." They'll reprint Carcillo's postgame recollection of the sequence of events, even if the facts tell a different story.
The Flyers, of course, support their goon, now on his third NHL suspension. From the team's official site and GM Paul Holmgren:
"Decisions come down from the league...do I agree with them all? No. I certainly do not agree with this one. We do not have a lot of recourse in this situation. Dan will serve his suspension, and we will move on."
Carcillo was a Holmgren project that Laviolette now inherits, and Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports imagines the new coach is OK with this bit of discipline.
Was it the right call by the NHL?
First, here's the sucker-punch on Bradley last night: