Jared Cowen given three-game ban for late hit on Jussi Jokinen

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Jared Cowen (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen has earned a three-game holiday thanks to his high, late hit on Florida Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen.

Cowen was given a minor penalty for interference for the hit, which occurred in the Senators’ Saturday contest with the Panthers, but supplemental discipline was not levied until Monday morning following Cowen’s phone hearing with the league. You can watch the hit below: Read more

Suspend him or not: Antoine Roussel cross-checks Adam McQuaid in the neck

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Antoine Roussel and Adam McQuaid (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dallas Stars left winger Antoine Roussel is regarded as one of the NHL’s tougher customers, but when he cross-checked the neck of Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid Tuesday night, Roussel crossed the line and is likely going to receive a suspension for his actions.

It was early in the first period Tuesday in Boston when the play was moving up the ice from the Dallas zone and McQuaid narrowly missed hitting Roussel with what would have been a big check; McQuaid turns and immediately throws down his gloves, clearly willing to fight. But, rather than reply in kind, Roussel takes his stick and drives it directly into McQuaid’s neck: (video via SomeHockeyVideos) Read more

Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban slapped with fine for diving

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P.K. Subban (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL’s war on embellishment continues, and P.K. Subban is the latest victim.

Montreal’s star defenseman was hit with a $2,000 fine for diving on Tuesday following an incident in a Jan. 29 game against the New York Rangers. Subban, like the other players who have been fined, had his wallet dinged because it was his second such infraction.

The play in question occurred when Subban and Rangers winger Chris Kreider came together at center ice after a whistle and, following a shove by Kreider, Subban hit the deck. The 25-year-old blueliner was given a minor penalty for embellishment, while Kreider sat for two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. Read more

Suspend him or not: Backes crunches Alzner from behind

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St. Louis Blues captain David Backes is one of the most physical leaders in the entire NHL, but he has always stayed on the side of laying clean, hard hits.

As such, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Backes, 30, has never been suspended in his nine-year career. That may change after Sunday night, however, as Backes labeled Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner from behind. The hit was enough to earn Backes a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Read more

NHL nails Islanders’ Clutterbuck with fine for repeated diving

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The NHL’s anti-embellishment initiative has tagged another player, as New York Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck has been fined $2,000 for his second infraction of the season.

Clutterbuck’s dive, which happened on Jan. 19, came against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the slot and about to release a shot, Clutterbuck felt the stick of Flyers winger Jakub Voracek and fell to one knee. Voracek was given two minutes for hooking and the Isles scored on the power play. Upon review, the NHL has decided to fine Clutterbuck. Read more

Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo suspended eight games for charging, boarding Pens’ Kris Letang

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The NHL’s department of player safety Monday suspended Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo eight games – a career-best, or a career-worst, depending on how you look at it – for charging and boarding Penguins defenseman Kris Letang in a Jan. 20 game.

This is the 24-year-old Rinaldo’s third NHL suspension and it’s double the number of games he received in April for taking out Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. He’s a repeat offender likely to repeat again after this, and everyone knows it. If the league was truly intent on creating the safest possible working environment, it would punish team owners, GMs and coaches for every wanton act performed by a professional agitator such as Rinaldo. But the absence of such a punishment system speaks volumes. Read more

Suspend him or not: Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo boards Penguins’ Kris Letang

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Zac Rinaldo (Getty Images)

Like recently-suspended Hawks winger Daniel Carcillo, Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo has made an NHL career out of playing “on the edge” – and implicit in that phrase has long been the understanding he occasionally goes over that edge. So when he once again crossed the line Tuesday by drilling Penguins defenseman Kris Letang into the boards from behind, not a single brow league-wide was raised in surprise: Read more