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Video: Borowiecki can’t return after being boarded by Westgarth

Nov 24, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki won’t return to Sunday’s game after a boarding check by Carolina Hurricanes tough guy Kevin Westgarth, the Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan reports.

Here’s video of the hit (H/T to the Hockey News).

Westgarth received a two-minute boarding penalty. The 29-year-old doesn’t have a suspension history.

Borowiecki, 24, delivered a questionable hit of his own about a week ago.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Dirty hit and showing a lack of respect for the player on the ice.

  2. muckleflugga - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    every bit as accidental as was the elbow to datsyuk…

  3. joey4id - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    NHL may have consider misconduct penalties for hits from behind if players continue to be reckless. Wait! Sarcastic alert. I take that back since players are policing the game these and other dirty hits will eventually decline.

    • upper90cheese - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      The ability to police the game is being removed from the players hands and placed into the hands of the officials and Colin Campbell’s protege, Brendan Shanahan.

  4. metalization1 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Malicious attacks/hits like this should result in the player being suspended for as long as the opposing player is injured. I doubt these types of dirty plays and head hunting will stop unless there are severe repercussions.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      And if Boroweicki is fine and returns next game or the game after? Then there’s the opposite side where a hit could be accidental but end up being illegal and injure a player for life. No way that’s fair in either case, so no point in pursuing that kind of suspension option.

  5. lonespeed - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    As a Canes fan who was at the game, I don’t think there was intent to injure but the play was wreckless . Westgarth deserves to be suspended and it didn’t sit well with me that he seemed cavalier about the play afterward and the rest of the game. I was embarrassed. It was a bad play.

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