TORONTO (AP) - The NHL has given New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo an automatic 10-game suspension after he was ejected for physical abuse of officials during the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Carcillo was punished Friday for a ''Category II'' infraction after he appeared to twice elbow linesman Scott Driscoll, who was trying to keep Carcillo away from a fight Thursday. Carcillo won't be able to return to the New York lineup before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals, should the Rangers advance past the Montreal Canadiens.
Just 5:51 into Thursday's game, the NHL says ''Carcillo physically applied force to linesman Scott Driscoll while being escorted to the penalty box.''
A Category II offense is described as an infraction in which a player deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner, without intent to injure.
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