February 4, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth (8) knocks Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) over as he skates away at the Air Canada Centre. Carolina defeated Toronto 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Westgarth Suspended Two Games

The NHL announced today that it has suspended Kevin Westgarth two games for his hit on Mark Borowiecki.

The suspension video can be found here.

The hit happened right around the 12-minute mark of the first period in the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators.

Borowiecki was skating behind his net, lost his balance and slid into the boards on his knees. Westgarth then hit the defenseman from behind into the boards. Westgarth was issued a two-minute boarding penalty on the play.

Borowiecki left the game and did not return. The Senators later announced that the 24-year-old had a stiff neck.

Westgarth had a phone discussion with Brenden Shanahan and other members of the NHL Player Safety Committee earlier this morning, but was not announced until mid-afternoon that Westgarth would be suspended two games.

This is a fair suspension for Westgarth, he made a dangerous hit on the play and did not attempt to stop himself from making that hit. Westgarth has no prior history with suspensions, which helped keep the suspension to only two games.

Westgarth will miss the two-game series against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday and Friday. He will be eligible to play again against the Vancouver Canucks on Dec. 1.

The Hurricanes have not recalled a forward from the Checkers, but have used Mike Komisarek at forward at different points throughout the season.

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