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CHICAGO (CBS) — Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo has been suspended seven games by the NHL for his hit from behind on the Edmonton Oilers’ Tom Gilbert in Monday night’s loss.
Carcillo was given the large ban Wednesday, two nights after he sent Gilbert into the boards in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 4-3 home victory over the Oilers. Carcillo was given a major penalty for boarding and was ejected from the game.
Gilbert suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury and didn’t play in Edmonton’s 4-3 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday night.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Carcillo’s hit on Gilbert was not intended to be dirty.
“It’s a quick moment when you’re going for a counter-hit when you’re fighting for a puck, and he probably had better leverage than the other guy,” Quenneville said. “His intent certainly wasn’t what happened.”
Carcillo, suspended in October for two games for an illegal check against Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen, was treated as a repeat offender. He will lose $66,158 in salary after forfeiting $8,378 for the earlier ban.
He will be eligible to return Jan. 18 when the Blackhawks host Buffalo.
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