The NHL suspended Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen three games for his late hit to the head of Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen. Cowen, a former Spokane Chief, was assessed a minor penalty for interference Saturday. Jokinen was shaken up but returned to the game. The league on Monday noted the lateness of the hit plus the fact Cowen’s shoulder made contact with Jokinen’s head. The second suspension of Cowen’s career will cost him more than $113,000 in salary. He is eligible to return March 3 at Minnesota. Jokinen skated into the Senators’ zone and completed a pass when he was hit. Cowen said he “didn’t mean to hurt anyone” and calls the three-game ban “a bit much.” He said he’s “trying to be a physical player” and to do that “you’ve got to play on the edge.” – AP
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