Should Dan Carcillo be suspended for high stick?

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If the NHL is just as intent on punishing dumb and reckless plays
that result in injury, just as much as they want to singly out
intentional and dirty ones, then it’s possible that Dan Carcillo could
be facing a suspension by the NHL. At the 15:14 mark of the third
period, Carcillo went after New Jersey’s David Clarkson, in what I’m
guessing was an attempt to start a fight. Instead, he cross-checked
Clarkson in the face. Clarkson was cut above his eye and needed three
stitches.

From
Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger
:

“I think he went to punch me and he hit me with his stick,” Clarkson
said. “He came in and wanted to fight and I think he got his stick up. I
think it was pretty dirty.”

Carcillo received a match penalty for the incident.

“They don’t really hand out match penalties (for no reason),”
Clarkson said. “I didn’t see it coming and I had my hands down.”

I’ve watched the replay a number of times (I couldn’t get a clear
screen grab) and it wasn’t a blatant “I’m going to hit you right in your
face with your stick” type of cross check. Instead, Carcillo got him
once on the shoulder and then another was deflected up and into Clarkson
face.

So it wasn’t necessarily intentional, but it was unneeded and
reckless. Suspension worthy? Let the wheel of justice spin.