Dan Carcillo Suspended Two Games For High Sticking Incident

Dan Carcillo has been suspended two games by the NHL for his high stick on David Clarkson on Sunday night against the Devils, according to the Flyers. He picked up a match penalty on the play, which means it was automatically reviewed by the league for supplementary discipline. 

The team released a statement from Paul Holmgren, who said that he is" disappointed in this decision by the league" and that it "was clearly an accidental high stick and I do not believe a match penalty."

According to Rich Chere, Devils beat writer at the Star-Ledger, Carcillo apologized to Clarkson right after the incident while the two were still on the ice. Clarkson is quoted by Chere as saying that Carcillo shoved him and his stick got a little high, and that he didn't know if Carcillo would be suspended for it. Chere's article had a tone which suggested that Clarkson wasn't upset about the incident and that he didn't have any ill feelings towards Carcillo -- minus the fact that he's a Flyer.

I didn't see the play live or on replay, and I haven't seen any video, so I'm going to refrain from analyzing this one. The NHL has made the video of the incident available. Here it is:

Coincidentally, perhaps, the NHL has dropped the end of the video where the refs jump in rather quickly and the two players are talking to one another a bit. I watched this part on NHL GameCenter, but I can't upload that video. I can tell you though that in it, you can see Carcillo's immediate apology when he realizes Clarkson was cut and you can see him pat Clarkson on the back in apology as well. To say this was an intent to injure -- which the officials were saying by handing out a match penalty and Colin Campbell is saying by handing out a suspension -- is really stretching things.

Nevertheless, Carcillo will miss Thursday's game against the Islanders and Friday's game against Montreal. It means that James van Riemsdyk will be back in the lineup come Thursday if he's healthy. If not, the Flyers will likely have to call someone up from the Phantoms.

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