The NHL has reduced the suspension of New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo to six games for making contact with an official during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens, the league announced Tuesday. The suspension was originally for a minimum of ten games.
Carcillo was suspended for the incident in which he made contact with linesman Scott Driscoll.
Carcillo has already served three games, and won't available until Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. The series starts Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
The nine-year NHL veteran was originally suspended under Rule 40.3 for deliberately applying physical force to an official. The league says that a violation of that rule requires a suspension of "not less than ten (10) games."
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