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Kevin Westgarth suspended two games for boarding Mark Borowiecki

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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For the first time in almost two weeks, the Department of Player Safety handed down a suspension on Tuesday, giving Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth a two-game ban.

The incident came Sunday at home against the Ottawa Senators. Sens defenseman Mark Borowiecki fell down in the corner boards and while he was getting back onto his feet in a still very vulnerable position, Westgarth hit him into the boards from behind. Borowiecki was helped off the ice and didn't return with a neck injury.

It was a very dangerous hit, one that could have easily resulted in a bigger in-game punishment than the two-minute boarding minor Westgarth received. That doesn't factor in for the NHL, though; it gave out punishment regardless.

What the NHL does factor is that Borowiecki was not in a position to be checked but Westgarth did so anyway, even if he didn't hit with a tremendous amount of force. The injury combined with the lack of supplemental discipline in his career, Westgarth was given the two-game ban. Seems right for what was just a dumb hit.

As a result of the suspension, Westgarth also gives up $7,435.90 in salary over the two games.

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