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Jared Cowen suspension: Senators defenseman banned 2 games for head shot

After getting away with an elbow that concussed Pavel Datsyuk, Cowen went over the line a second time in as many weeks, and this time he was suspended.

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will be watching his team from the press box for the next two games after picking the head of Zemgus Girgensons on an attempted body check. This is Cowen's second hit that's drawn the attention of the NHL's division of player safety recently, after an elbow he threw put Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk out of commission with a concussion.

Cowen was signed to a sizeable extension at the beginning of the season, but has so far failed to live up to lofty expectations, as Ottawa's defense core has been very weak behind Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot. Even with his poor play though, an NHL defenseman out of the lineup will make things tougher for the Senators as they struggle to get back into the playoff picture.

Cowen is sixth among all Senators in ice time per game this season with 18:56, and will miss two home games against the worst and best of the league, as Ottawa will host both the Buffalo Sabres and Los Angeles Kings. He will be eligible to return on Monday, December 16th against the St. Louis Blues.

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