January 19, 2015 / 11:50 PM / 3 years ago

Chicago forward Carcillo suspended six games for illegal hit

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November 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo (13) celebrates his goal scored against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Staples Center. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for six games without pay for cross-checking Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault, the National Hockey League announced on Monday.

The incident occurred late in the second period of Blackhawks 4-2 loss to the Jets when Carcillo used his stick to hit Perreault from behind after the whistle had blown to stop play.

He was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

Perreault left the ice and did not return and missed Winnipeg’s game on Sunday.

Carcillo has previously been suspended eight times and fined on three occasions during his 421-game career, according to the NHL.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina. Editing by Steve Keating.

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