By Mike Harrington
This just in from the NHL Department of Player Safety: Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen has been suspended for two games for a shot to the head of Sabres rookie Zemgus Girgensons late in the third period of Tuesday night's game in First Niagara Center.
Cowen will thus miss Thursday's rematch with the teams in Canadian Tire Centre. There was no penalty on the play and Girgensons was not injured. He went on to score the shootout-deciding goal in Buffalo's 2-1 victory.
Cowen will forfeit $31,794.88. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Cowen certainly would have been on the NHL's radar after an elbow to the head of Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk on Nov. 23 left the Red Wings' star concussed. NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan pretty much admitted it was a mistake that Cowen wasn't suspended, and from the sound of that article linked he got fooled by the fact Datsyuk finished the game before the symptoms arose.
Shanahan correctly says in the video above that Cowen has no history of supplemental discipline. Although the Datsyuk play was clearly worse and caused an injury. So the bet here was that it was clearly a factor.
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