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NHL schedules hearings for Lightning’s Panik, Sens’ Cowen

Dec 11, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety will be busy today as they have scheduled hearings for both Tampa Bay forward Richard Panik and Ottawa Senators blueliner Jared Cowen.

Panik is in danger of being suspended after boarding Washington’s Karl Alzner in the second period of last night’s game. He’s already received a five-minute boarding major for his actions.

If you missed the incident, you can see it below:

Alex Ovechkin issued his own punishment by scoring two goals while Tampa Bay was down a man. Washington went on to earn a 6-5 shootout victory on the strength of a four-goal night by Ovechkin.

After the game, Karl Alzner reported that he was “completely fine,” according to the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Cowen is facing a possible suspension due to what might have been an illegal hit to the head of Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons during Tuesday’s game.

Girgensons stayed in the contest and there wasn’t any penalty on the play.

  1. lilroot9 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Please start taking these hits more seriously, Panik was dirty (knowing player was in vulnerable position) and the hits to the head are sickening. If you are willing to take a hit like that to your own head, keep doing it, but if you never want you or your teammates to get hit in the head with elbow or shoulder pad at a high speed, as initial point of contact, stop now! This has gone way too far.

    • Moop - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Agreed. The NHL needs to actually clamp down on these hits, because these are what’s most common and is what is most endangering players. There should be longer (closer to or beyond the ten game rarity) suspensions for these kinds of hits. Those shouldn’t be reserved for the rare, way over the line actions (such as the upcoming suspension for Thornton). These hits from behind that happen so often are where the NHL’s true problem lies.

  2. lilroot9 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Should we make a suspended players game (like a All – Star game, but more like Nit-Wit game) and let all these players that dont respect other players, run around and hit each other and take care of each other? Or make the player who cheaply hit the other player have to do charity work for the hit-tee’s Charity of choice for 20 hours? Try to bring these players closer, cause I know if the respect level is up, the players would not do this to each other.

  3. jeffchadwick - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Panik had a reputation as a dirtbag in the AHL; not surprising that it has carried over to his NHL career. Meanwhile, I’m sure it was just an “accident” on Cowen’s part and that he’s super sorry about it. That should keep him from further disciplinary action.

  4. shaundre93 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    This didn’t look that malicious to me. Dangerous? You bet. I’d say 5 and a game is sufficient though. If phaneuf only gets two for blatantly boarding, I don’t see how you can suspend a guy who just pushed an off balance player who was skating up the ice in the neutral zone. Its not as if he was just standing there with his back to him. Hope alzners all good

  5. shaundre93 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Can’t find video of the Cowen play, but if its anything close to what he did to datsyuk he’s gotta get suspended. Guys starting to get a bad reputation

    • lilroot9 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Cowen hit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qONdwomkTk

      And it seems as though he meant to do that, because the Sabres player did not move much before the hit (no last second movement to make it look worse).

    • shortsxit34 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Funny, he was willing to hit a vulnerable player in the head, but he wasn’t willing to fight once they were face to face.

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