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Blackhawks' Carcillo picks up seven-game suspension for big hit

(Reuters) - The NHL suspended Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo for seven games on Wednesday, for a hit that sent Edmonton's Tom Gilbert into the boards earlier this week.

Carcillo's penalty includes loss of pay, and the ban was regarded as a repeat offence after he was also suspended for an illegal check in October.

The latest hit came during the second period of Monday's contest, where both players were forced to leave with knee injuries, while Carcillo received a major penalty and game misconduct.

"Carcillo (exploded) into him causing a violent crash into the boards. This is a clear violation of the boarding rule," Player Safety and Hockey Operations senior vice president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement.

"It is important to note that Carcillo is a repeat offender who has been fined or suspended nine times previously in his NHL career."

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)

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