There are several things wrong here

There are several players in the NHL we constantly hear in the discussion of guys who are due to be suspended and few are more squarely in the consensus of this pool than Dan Carcillo. Carcillo has widely been acknowledged as one of the dirtiest players in the NHL since he entered the league and continues to earn that reputation on a nightly basis. There’s a substantial difference between playing tough and playing stupid and Carcillo clearly enjoys venturing into the latter.

On this play Carcillo is trailing Tom Gilbert of the Oilers. Gilbert is looking to play the puck behind his net to his partner Ladislav Smid and get the play moving back up ice for the Oil. Now, the reasonable player here – if they chose to hit Gilbert – would make contact with their body and rub Gilbert out into the boards. Carcillo disagrees with this approach. He takes an aggressive line to the defender – note that he takes a line to the defender and not the puck – and catapults Gilbert into the endboards with a shove from the red line. Gilbert gets parallel with the ice and goes face first into the boards very awkwardly, landing on Carcillo’s left knee in the process.

Take a look…

It goes without saying that this hit is absolutely suspension worthy. The fact Carcillo carries this reputation, made no attempt to play the puck and really looked like he was trying to bury Gilbert as opposed to simply rubbing him out as part of the forecheck all point to some time in the press box as a result of the forthcoming suspension. He was given five and a game for the hit and rightfully so.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say eight games for Carcillo here and possibly more depending on the extent of his injury. Feel free to leave your predictions or debate whether or not he deserves a suspension in the first place.

Comments (6)

  1. I say he gets 10 games. Plenty of priors.

  2. Carcillo has been much better in the last two years about taking stupid reckless penalties. He had a fantastic game against Detroit last Friday.

    But this… ugh. There is NO excuse for this hit that injured both parties AND it cost us the game.

    I sincerely hope that Gilbert suffered no serious injury. I hope Carcillo isn’t too seriously hurt (he just came back from freaking concussion so you’d think he’d be a little more sensitive to this kind of stuff.) If he is hurt though, he has no one to blame but himself.

    Glad the refs made the right call on the ice (even though it really hurt my team) and I hope Shanahan doles out a lengthy suspension (even though it may hurt my team),

    The fact that Torres only got 2 games and that Shanahan seems to be less severe with players going into the boards vs open ice hits, makes me think it’ll be a lighter sentence than I’d wish it do be.

  3. Screw it. Make him play 40 minutes a night for the next five games. That’ll end this crap fast.

  4. Filthy hit. He deserves 10 games. This is exactly the kind of crap that the league is trying to get rid of. It has obvious intent to injure, prior history, and resulted in an injury. Carcillo was just suspended for a similar hit on Pitkanen. Gilbert is the number one defenseman on the Oilers, who are very thin on defense. This is going to hurt their team alot.

  5. 2 handed push to the back just as the guy is nearing the boards. That’s not a check, it’s an attempt to injure, and it should carry a very lengthy penalty. This is the sort of thing you cannot protect yourself from.

    I’d also like to see Shanahan state publicly how dirty this kind of play is and that, going forward, any player seen doing something like this can expect a very lengthy suspension.

  6. You know it’s a bad play when you get an instant/subconscious reaction like the one the female fan behind the net is giving. I’ve made a similar gesture when watching a car smash into a tree. NOT GOOD.

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