Dec 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
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.
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