LOS ANGELES - Dan Carcillo, whose 10-game suspension for abuse of an official was reduced to six games by commissioner Gary Bettman, is eligible to play in Game 4.
"It's awesome, it puts a little jump in your step," said Carcillo, whose appeal of the ban for elbowing linesman Scott Driscoll in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals was heard by Bettman on Friday. "I've been kind of a dead man walking for the last two weeks, so to hear that this morning, as soon as you wake up, it gives you a little boost."
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Carcillo would have been banished for the entire Stanley Cup Final for engaging with Driscoll, who was ushering him away from a fight between Brandon Prust and Derek Dorsett. Bettman decided that a six-game ban was proper.
Carcillo had originally been assessed a suspension under Rule 40.3 for deliberately applying physical force to an official. A violation of that rule requires a minimum suspension of "not less than 10 games."
The commissioner ruled that Carcillo's actions were more appropriately deemed a violation of Rule 40.4 for deliberately applying "physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation."
"I respect the league's decision," Carcillo said. "It's what I felt should've happened. It was an emotional time of the game, and an emotional play; sometimes you cross that line. Regardless of whether it was an accident or not, you can't hit an official and I know I was wrong. I apologized."
Talbot is out
Backup goaltender Cam Talbot is out with an undisclosed injury believed to have been suffered in Game 5 of the conference finals when he relieved Henrik Lundqvist, so it appears David LeNeveu will make his playoff debut Wednesday night, on the bench.
LeNeveu said he has been told only that Talbot remains "day-to-day." "If he's still day-to-day, maybe I come in and back up," LeNeveu said. "If not, then I'll be the third guy still and watch it from the stands."
Either way, he said, he is ready if needed and will not be intimidated by being one injury away from taking the ice in the Cup Final.
"You dream of this day as a kid and at the same time, it's just another day, just another game," he said. "I play every puck every game like I would play a Stanley Cup Final and here we are. So if I get that opportunity, it'll just be same old, same old."
J.T. Miller practiced for the first time with the team since crashing into a goalpost after a check from Andrei Markov in Game 4, but is likely a healthy scratch for Game 1 because the lines at practice remained the same for the Rangers, and there is no morning skate with a 5 p.m. Pacific start Wednesday night. With Neil Best