Dan Carcillo suspended two games
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo didn't play in Saturday's home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after receiving a two-game suspension for a hit on Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen in Friday's loss in Carolina.
Carcillo will also sit out Monday's contest against the Nashville Predators.
"It's a tough pill to swallow right now. (I'm) just frustrated," Carcillo said before Saturday's 5-2 win. "I've been doing a pretty good job of making safe hits. I've never been suspended for a hit, and I make hundreds a year."
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville also wasn't sure the play deserved a suspension.
"I watched the play," Quenneville said Saturday afternoon. "You can look at the play. He's off-balance before there is contact in my eyes. That's how I saw it. Whether he touched him or not, he was going down."
Pitkanen was chasing down a Hawks' dump-in, early in the contest, when Carcillo gave him a shove into the end boards. There was no penalty on the play and Pitkanen didn't miss a shift.
"I'm not sure what I could have done in that situation to make it less careless or less reckless," Carcillo said. "There's not too much leeway for me in this league. I'm going to give some serious thought into changing my last name or something.
"I don't want to say the wrong thing here and be fined even more or suspended even more. Nothing I say is going to help my case."
Carcillo is a multiple offender and missed the opening two games of the season due to a conflict with officials in last year's playoffs.
"(Carcillo's) leash for what he can and cannot do is very short," Quenneville said. "He knows that. I don't want to slow him down, how he plays the game. His reputation might have been part of it."
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.