Carcillo suspended, coach fined for hit

Updated: April 16, 2009, 8:21 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo was suspended for one game and coach John Stevens was fined $10,000 by the NHL on Thursday, a day after Carcillo hit Pittsburgh's Maxime Talbot in the head in the playoff opener.

With 7 seconds left in the third period in the Penguins' 4-1 victory Wednesday night, Carcillo delivered a blow to Talbot's head directly off a faceoff. Talbot wasn't hurt and Carcillo was not penalized for the hit.

"We held a conference call Monday with the general managers and coaches of playoff teams and told them explicitly we would not tolerate attempts by clubs to 'send a message' late in a game when the outcome had been determined," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations.

"Organizations -- players and coaches -- will be held accountable for such actions."

Carcillo will miss Game 2 on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

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