With only 7 seconds left in the third period of the first playoff game between the Pens and Flyers, DAniel Carcillo took a cheap shot at Max Talbot during the final faceoff. It appeared that Carcillo hit Talbot in the face / head with the butt-end of his stick. Even with the ref standing there to witness the entire incident, no penalty was called and we all thought that was the end of it.
Not so - it turns out that prior to the beginning of the playoffs, the NHL conducted a conference call with the GMs and coaches of all the 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."
The result - the NHL sent a message of their own by handing Carcillo a one-game suspension and fining HC John Stevens $10,000 for his actions.
"I didn't hit him with my stick at all," Carcillo said, following the Flyers practice and before the hearing. "I know I hit him with my hand. My hand was over my stick and I know I didn't hit him with my stick."
Talbot said "I don't know what he tried to do" because he didn't watch the replay. "The important thing is to get the win and don't worry about what they do," Talbot said. "They're trying to send a message."