Rangers Forward Daniel Carcillo’s Suspension Reduced to Six Games

Elsa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- New York Rangers winger Daniel Carcillo had his 10-game suspension reduced to six games, the NHL announced Tuesday.

Carcillo was originally suspended 10-games for striking an NHL linesman during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final but had the punishment reduced after he appealed. It was determined originally that Carcillo violated Rule 40.3, which requires a minimum suspension of “not less than 10 games.”

“After considering Carcillo’s appeal during a hearing at the N.H.L.'s New York office on Friday, May 30, the commissioner ruled that Carcillo’s actions were more appropriately deemed a violation of Rule 40.4 for deliberately applying, ‘physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation,' ” the N.H.L. said in a statement. “The commissioner determined that as appropriately reclassified under Rule 40.4, and under the totality of the circumstances, a suspension of six games was the proper penalty.”

The suspension reduction makes Carcillo eligible to return for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final against the Los Angeles Kings.

"It's awesome. It puts a little jump in your step. I've been a bit of a dead man walking the last two weeks. Or the last week and a half. It was tough," Carcillo said. "To hear that this morning as soon as you wake up, it just gives a little boost, a little energy. Just to be able to be around the guys in three games will be great. I'm just really encouraged. Like I said, hopefully they don't need me, but it is nice to be able to be around the guys again."

The 29-year-old Carcillo has two goals this postseason.

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