Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen was suspended two games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons during Tuesday night's game.
Cowen was not called for a penalty on the play, which occurred at 18:03 of the third period when Cowen clipped Girgensons' head with a shoulder. Girgensons remained in the game, which the Sabres won 2-1 in a shootout.
Cowen will lose $31.794.88 based on his average annual salary as a result of the suspension.
In 31 games this season, Cowen has three goals and three assists. He will sit out a rematch against the Sabres on Thursday night and Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.