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Carcillo suspended indefinitely; Kruger has setback

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Carcillo suspended indefinitely; Kruger has setback

Daniel Carcillo is suspended indefinitely pending a hearing for his hit on Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert, and Marcus Kruger appears to have had a setback as the Chicago Blackhawks returned to practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Carcillo was assessed a five-minute boarding call and a game misconduct for the hit, on which both he and Gilbert were injured. Carcillo, who suffered what appeared to be a left-knee injury, did not practice on Tuesday. Coach Joel Quenneville said Carcillo was still being evaluated on Tuesday and did not have an update on Carcillo's health status.

As for the potential suspension, if there is one, it will be Carcillo's third this season. He was suspended the first two regular-season games for actions late last postseason and two more in late October for his hit on Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

Whether it's due to injury or suspension, it seems likely Carcillo will miss some time. Quenneville said the Blackhawks are currently considering calling up a player to fill that open spot.

Meanwhile, Quenneville said Kruger was "not so good today." The young center had been progressing, although he had yet to skate again after getting re-injured on Dec. 26 against Columbus.

Steve Montador did not practice on Tuesday but Quenneville said he's getting better and hopes the defenseman is back on the ice soon.

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: