While the Bruins have turned their focus to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final, the Flyers are still paying the price for their loss to Boston in four straight games in the second round.
The latest punishment was revealed Tuesday afternoon, as the NHL announced that Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo will be suspended for the first two games of the 2011-12 season for his actions off the ice between the first and second period of Boston's series-clinching 5-1 victory in Game 4 on May 6.
"Between the first and second period, while off ice and outside the officials' locker room, Mr. Carcillo engaged in aggressive behavior and inappropriate conduct directed at the officials," NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy said in a statement. "While Mr. Carcillo acknowledged in the hearing that he regrets his actions outside of the officials' room, there can be no defense for his conduct."
Murphy conducted a hearing with Carcillo on May 13 to investigate an incident outside of the officials' locker room following the first period and a verbal confrontation with linesman Brian Murphy at the players' bench prior to the start of the second period. Carcillo was not disciplined for the second encounter.
"I also reviewed the verbal confrontation between Carcillo and linesman Brian Murphy at the players' bench prior to the start of the second period and have determined that, while the verbal abuse may have been worthy of a penalty, there is no evidence that Carcillo's action merit supplemental discipline," Murphy said in his statement.
Carcillo will miss Philadelphia's first two regular-season games next season, with his salary forfeited to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. He is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1 after earning $1.075 million this past season, when he had 4-2-6 totals with 127 penalty minutes in 57 games, plus 2-1-3 totals and 30 PIMs in 11 playoff contests.
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