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Despite suspension, Senators' Cowen wouldn't change much about hit on Girgensons

By John Vogl

OTTAWA -- Despite getting suspended, Ottawa's Jared Cowen wouldn't change much about his hit on Zemgus Girgensons.

Cowen will miss tonight's rematch against the Sabres after getting a two-game ban for hitting Girgensons in the head Tuesday. The 6-foot-5 defenseman is disappointed he got suspended.

"I’ll make that same hit over and over again," Cowen said today in Canadian Tire Centre. "Just because I had a hearing or suspension isn’t going to get it changed, but it is harder to hit small guys when you’re taller.

"I wouldn’t do anything differently. If I don’t make that hit, I don’t play and I don’t play well. It’s just that maybe I move a little to the left an inch or two. That’s the difference. That’s all that it was."

Girgensons, who is 6-1, says he won't hold a grudge against Cowen.

"I definitely have made dirty hits in my life before, too, so it’s just how it is," the Sabres forward said.

Girgensons angrily went toward Cowen after the hit, but the players didn't fight.

"Obviously, he was OK because he came after me and wanted to do something," said Cowen, who mocked the display of anger. "I guess he was just faking it."

Said Girgensons about not following through with a fight: "I could’ve gotten an instigator if something happened. I think it was just better to leave it there."

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