One wonders which loss the Ottawa Senators are more embarrassed about: the 2-1 defeat at the hands of the 30th-place Sabres on Tuesday night, or the loss of Jared Cowen, who was suspended two games on Wednesday after a hit to the head of Sabres' forward Zemgus Girgensons during the game.
Since it was just Buffalo's seventh win of the year, we'll guess the former. But this hit's no good either, as Brendan Shanahan explains.
Even though Girgensons remained in the game, scoring the 10th-round shootout winner, you had to know there was no way Cowen was escaping supplemental discipline again -- not after he already got the benefit of the doubt on the hit that turned Pavel Datsyuk into a fisherman for two weeks.
And not after such an obvious headshot.
No wonder it took the NHL less than a day to render their decision and turn the video around. Heck, they still probably put too much effort into this video. (It's clear from Shanahan's inflection on "Zemgus Girgensons" that he spent some time practicing that the pronunciation there. I'd have pronounced it "a Buffalo forward")
"After closing in from Girgensons's right, Cowen drives his left shoulder in Girgeons's head, making it the main point of contact," Shanahan says. "This is not a full body check."
There's little else here. Girgensons makes no sudden movement; Cowen just takes a bad route on the hit. And for that, he earns repeat offender status and two games in a suit without pay.
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