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Cowen gets two-game suspension for hit on Girgensons

Dec 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen has been suspended two games for “an illegal check to the head” of Buffalo  forward Zemgus Girgensons in Tuesday’s game between the Senators and Sabres.

In making his decision, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan ruled that Cowen drove his left shoulder into Girgensons’ head, making it “the main point of contact.”

“This is not a full body check in which contact to the head was unavoidable,” said Shanahan.

Mitigating factors included Girgensons not being hurt and Cowen having no disciplinary history. 

Cowen did not receive a penalty on the play. The 22-year-old will forfeit $31,794.88 of salary, which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Did he get suspended for his elbow on Datsyuk? If so, why is this only 2 games?

  2. sjsharks66 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Just read he was not. Good job Shanahan…

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    it’s not surprising cowen presented no disciplinary history when his team owner carries shanahan and the department of player safety in his back pocket…

    what price an accidental elbow we ask…?

    detroit can tell you

  4. nflfan4now - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Is this a first, someone suspended for hitting a Sabre? I’m seriously asking.

  5. lesleyvissersfacelift - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I believe Hjalmarsson got suspended for his hit on Pominville two years ago.

  6. joey4id - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    And here in lies the difference between Orpik’s hit on Ericsson. Listen to what Shanny says during the video.
    1) “Check to the head” (not Orpik)
    2) “Cowen drives his left shoulder into Girgensons’ head making it the main point of contact” (not Orpik)
    3) “This is not a full body check in which contact to the head was unavoidable”
    4) “Instead of hitting through Girgensons’ right shoulder and into the body, he makes the head the main point of contact”

    So, I hope the Bs and their fans learned a little about a clean check. We have one man down because he was on the wrong end of a clean check and another because he game a clean check. How stupid is that?

    • thomasvanek - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Yes, because all suspensions cover only four points.

      • joey4id - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Hehehehe! For most that would suffice. You obviously need more. Sorry! Can’t make it easy for the less educated.

    • thomasvanek - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      And thus the reason everyone hates pen fans. Keep setting the standards high for you guys

      • joey4id - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        I am not a Pens fan.

    • kovodisc - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      I’m a B’s fan and I don’t think Orpik’s check is worthy of a suspension. It was a borderline dirty hit only because Eriksson had his head down without the puck (it was pretty close), but the head was definitely not the main point of contact. He probably got as close as he could to it, but definitely didn’t hit the head.

      Eriksson was a few games into coming back from a nasty hit/concussion. If Orpik wants to go after those guys, he better be ready to answer.

      • joey4id - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        So, you are saying that in a 200 ft rink some players should not be checked because they just come back from an injury. If you look closely the puck actually goes off the blade of Eriksson’s stick just prior or about the same time as Orpik makes contact. I’ve gotten my nose smashed, and was concussed at center ice taking a suicide pass. I never blamed the d man for hitting me. It was my fault for looking back trying to take the pass. My teammate was responsible for making that bad pass, but it was totally my bad for trying to take the puck. And, I don’t remember every touching the puck. Just saying that it was a hockey check and Eriksson has to be accountable for putting himself in a vulnerable position.

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