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No hearing scheduled for Cowen after elbowing Datsyuk

Nov 24, 2013, 3:08 PM EST

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk won’t play today because he was feeling “fuzzy” after being elbowed in the head by Ottawa’s Jared Cowen last night, but it looks like the Senators defenseman will be available, reports the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

The NHL hasn’t scheduled a hearing over the incident and the Senators will play at 5:00 p.m. ET. If you missed the hit, you can view it below:

Cowen was charged with two minor penalties last night, but neither of them were for that elbow.

Datsyuk stayed behind while his teammates traveled to Buffalo and Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that the team would go “through the protocol.” On a more positive note, Datsyuk took to Twitter today to say that he’s doing alright and hopes to return “very soon.”

  1. thomasvanek - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    What a joke this league is

  2. mp1131211 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    He went down….. pretty….. slowly……. there…… for someone who was supposedly dropped by an elbow.

    • stakex - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      And I guess he’s sitting out todays game because he’s trying to draw a suspension?

      • mp1131211 - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        probably. Even pro athletes enjoy a day off.

  3. jhaegs - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    “If you missed the hit, you can view it below”

    Lies. All lies…

  4. LampyB - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Why dont the videos appear 50% of the time via app on an iphone??

    • elvispocomo - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Don’t you wish you had flash support?

  5. packerswin96 - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Shanahan has shocked me before with his decisions on discipline, but never more so than with this one. If they don’t want crap like this out of the game then what do they want out?

    • mp1131211 - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Datsyuk tries to dodge the hit and puts his face right where Cowen elbow is. I’m not saying he didn’t take one on the chin, but man did he play that up. It didn’t look that hard.

      • elvispocomo - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        “I’m just going to stick my elbow out, and if you run into that’s not my fault.”

        It’s a bad play by Cowan, likely reactionary but still a bad play and it’s no less reckless than Kassian turning and swinging his stick after missing a hit. Do you think Kassian intended to hit Gagner in the face and break his jaw?

        Cowan absolutely sticks the elbow out trying to finish his check after Datsyuk turns and tries to go behind him. It’s an illegal play and they really should have suspended Cowan for it.

  6. stakex - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    You can get three games for an open ice hit in which the other player has the puck, your feet stay on the ice, your elbow stays down, but your shoulder slightly grazes the other players chin.

    Yet throwing a strait elbow to the face of a player that doesn’t have the puck, which causes an injury, doesn’t even get a penalty? Wow. THESE are the hits the NHL needs to get rid of. Not the otherwise clean open ice hits with minimal head contact…. yet the league seems to disagree.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      He didn’t have the puck at the moment of impact, but Cowen was just following through. You can tell the intent isn’t to elbow him. Datsyuk tried to dodge the follow through and lines his own head up right with Cowen’s elbow. Not much Cowen could do.

      • elvispocomo - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        The intent isn’t to elbow him perhaps, but he does reach with his elbow when reacting to the fact he was going to miss him entirely when following through on his hit. That’s still illegal even if Cowan asserts it was a mistake.

        I said it in the other thread, but Kassian surely didn’t intend to swing his stick into Gagner’s face and break his jaw, but that still got him 5 regular season games (plus 3 preseason). For Cowan to get nothing for his mistake sends the wrong message about players being responsible for their actions.

  7. muckleflugga - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    oh good, the brain dead nhl health and safety committee declared the elbow to be an accident…?

    an accidental elbow, only in the nhl

    it’s a shame really, on one hand we’ve been introduced to the comedy routines of lehner and macarthur, well tuned after watching their team performance to date…

    on the other, a crack team of forensic criminologists, industrial designers and astrologers to the stars remain unemployed after eugene had to cancel the c135 scrambled to detroit

    now, the city of ottawa, founded and maintained by freeloading politicians and civil servants, can get back to rolling in its own dirt

    back to you peter…

  8. partsman193509 - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I have said all along that the Wings need to find another Probie than that stuff would stop or someone would get their butt kicked.

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