After appealing his original 10 game suspension as a result of his actions towards an official in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, the NHL has announced today that they have revised Daniel Carcillo's suspension to six games, making him eligible to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final with the New York Rangers.
The Rangers' forward was originally handed a hefty suspension under Rule 40.3 which carries a minimum suspension of "not less than ten (10) games" for deliberately applying physical force to an official. Under further review, the league has decided the crime committed by Carcillo fits better under Rule 40.4 for "physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation."
Carcillo served three games of his original suspension following the incident and will miss the next three against the Los Angeles Kings, beginning tomorrow night at Staples Center when the Kings host the Rangers in the opening game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. With the amendment, he can now return to the Rangers lineup on Wednesday June 11.
In eight games this postseason, the 29-year-old winger has two goals and team-high 22 penalty minutes including the 12 minutes he registered in 1:45 minutes of ice time on May 22 when he was accused of getting physical.