The NHL has suspended Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo
for two games for a hit on the New Jersey Devils
' David Clarkson
At 15:14 of the third period of Sunday's game, Carcillo and Clarkson came together, and during some pushing and shoving, Carcillo high-sticked Clarkson in the face, opening a cut.
Carcillo was assessed a match penalty, which brought automatic League review.
"I am disappointed in this decision by the League office," said Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren
. "This was clearly an accidental high stick and I do not believe a match penalty (for intent to injure) was the call that was warranted."
Carcillo is fourth in the NHL with 196 penalty minutes, but he also has 11 goals and 20 points in 72 games and has played a large portion of the season on the Flyers' top line, with Mike Richards
and Simon Gagne
. He also leads the team with 181 hits.
Carcillo will miss games Thursday against the Islanders and Saturday against the Canadiens. This is his second suspension of the season, following a four-game ban in December for an incident with Washington's Matt Bradley