Rangers' Carcillo to appeal 10-game suspension

New York Rangers left wing Daniel Carcillo celebrates scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers...

New York Rangers left wing Daniel Carcillo celebrates scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

NEW YORK - Enough NHL players have ended up on the wrong side of Daniel Carcillo over the years that supporters for his latest act of idiocy should be at a minimum.

But a team sticks together and New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault defended Carcillo on Saturday, suggesting the 10-game suspension the forward received could have been avoided by a kinder, gentler official.

Carcillo was ejected from Game 3 on Thursday night for jostling with linesman Scott Driscoll, who had a good hold on the Rangers pest.

“I still don’t understand why Scott grabbed him in that fashion,” Vigneault said. “All Scott had to do was tell him he had a penalty. Just can you come to the box with me. Dan didn’t know he had a penalty.

“Obviously it’s inexcusable what Dan did. He should have been in better control.”

Vigneault said that Carcillo was repentant for his act though he is reportedly appealing the suspension.

“His first comment to me was, ‘I know I should have been in better control,’ ” Vigneault said. “He knows that. I can’t begin to tell you how bad he feels about the whole thing.”


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