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Canes’ Westgarth suspended two games for boarding

Nov 26, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

Carolina tough guy Kevin Westgarth has been suspended two games for boarding Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki during Sunday’s 4-1 win, the league announced on Tuesday.

“Westgarth turns in the direction of Borowiecki, closes on him, and recklessly finishes him from behind into the boards,” explained NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan.  “At no point, from the moment Westgarth changes direction, is Borowiecki ever eligible to be checked.”

Westgarth received a boarding minor on the hit, one that forced Borowiecki from the contest for good (his injury has since been classified as a strained neck.)

Following the game, Sens coach Paul MacLean called the hit a “disrespectful play,” adding that Westgarth “should feel shame.”

Westgarth, who had a telephone hearing with the NHL this morning, has no history of supplemental discipline from the league, having never been fined nor suspended during his five-year, 129-game career.

“I hope everybody can understand that was definitely not my intention,” Westgarth said in explaining his actions, as per the Raleigh News & Observer. “I’m glad [Borowiecki's] OK.”

Westgarth will miss Carolina’s next two games — a home-and-home set against the Devils — eligible to return on Sunday, Dec. 1 against the Canucks in Vancouver.

He’ll also forfeit $7,435.90 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. partsman193509 - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Paul Mclain doesnt have a very good memory. He forgot about Cowens hit on Pavel. They played a dirty game all along. WAKE UP PAUL AND WATCH THE GAME.

  2. partsman193509 - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Hey Shanahan what game were you watching, are you afraid that they are going to holler favoritism on your part. A bunch of BS if you ask me.

  3. deeboy - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Westgarth deserved the suspension. Other than the fact he skates like Happy Gilmore, I like him. He’s a stand-up guy that has no history of these types of incidents. He screwed up and now he has to sit. Sucks, but that ‘s life…

  4. lilroot9 - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Should be 2 more, if not more. That was a terrible decision / hit. You want this in the game at all? Shanahan, you embarrass the hockey fans that watch NHL hockey, no other league / level of hockey would allow hits like this in their game.

    For example, there are only like 5-8 games of Olympics hockey (per team, per Olympic year), but you screw up a lay a cheap hit on a vulnerable player, they give you like 3 or more games for it, that’s a high percentage of total games, cause they don’t want that in the game at all, so players rarely do it.

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