Report: Dan Carcillo Could Face Big Suspension For Shoving Linesman

New York Rangers forward Dan Carcillo might be handed a very long suspension for his actions in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Carcillo was ejected Thursday night in the first period of the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens. He committed a no-no when he put his hands on a linesman, who was trying to escort Carcillo to the penalty box.

Carcillo received a minor penalty for charging after taking a run at Montreal’s Brandon Prust, who was on his first shift after laying out New York’s Derek Stepan with a questionable hit. As Carcillo was being sent to the box, New York’s Derek Dorsett picked a fight with Prust. Carcillo then tried to get at Prust and shoved the linesman. It also appeared as if Carcillo caught the linesman with an elbow.

The NHL could come down hard on Carcillo for his actions, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported.

The aforementioned Rule 40 is in regards to abuse of officials. Here’s what the official NHL rulebook lays out for automatic suspensions.

Category I (20 games) – “Any player who deliberately strikes an official and causes injury or who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official with an intent to injure.”

Category II (10 games) – ” 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.”

Category III (3 games) – “Any player who, by his actions, physically demeans an official or physically threatens an official by (but not limited to) throwing a stick or any other piece of equipment or object at or in the general direction of an official, shooting the puck at or in the general direction of an official, spitting at or in the general direction of an official, or who deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation.”

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